Teri Nielsen - LMHC, LPC

I am a Licensed Therapist with 30 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families.  I lived and worked in Seattle for 28 years and in 2016 I moved to southern Utah for the landscapes and the red rocks I love.  My move was planning toward retirement, but I'm not ready to retire!  I love the work I do.  I have a deep respect for personal struggles.  I also have great confidence in the therapeutic process based on the transformations I've witnessed in the lives of the men, women, and young people with whom I've been privileged to work.

Most of my clients are high-functioning professionals, first responders, corporate professionals, or people who have been in therapy before but are seeking a more natural, integrative approach.  Many of my clients are therapists themselves.  I also work with people new to therapy who want to build a more solid foundation for their mental health.  The heart of what I do is help address the issues that are impacting your relationships and keeping you from moving forward in life.

I use evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches including IFS/Internal Family Systems, Rational-Emotive and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies, and John Gottman and Esther Perel's work.  I used to teach the MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course.  I'll integrate aspects of it when a body-oriented approach is necessary because it's extremely effective in learning how to regulate emotion, work with anxieties, and targeting the very roots of addictive behaviors.

As a therapist I draw not only on my education, but also on my life experiences as a woman, a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother.  I am by nature interested in the world around me and continue to educate myself both formally and informally.  In 1993, I began practicing Vipassana, a Buddhist form of sitting/walking meditation which continues to support me personally and has informed my work over the years.

I advocate living life with honesty and compassion.  Change is hard.  Most of us resist change for fear of what's unknown in the future.  I understand it takes courage to reach out for help.  If you wish to work with me bring your grit and your honesty, and most importantly a strong commitment to yourself.  I'm here to help.


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