Tessa Richardson, LCSW
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Asking for help requires strength and courage. Seeking therapy can be a powerful step towards transformation and healing emotional wounds. I have many years experience working with individuals and couples and I believe the best therapy is individualized to the client and that all people are resilient with the internal strength necessary to grow and heal.
I combine Western psychotherapy with mindfulness-based practices. Mindfulness is a skill that involves slowing down in order to notice--moment by moment, with curiosity and kindness--what you are doing, thinking, and feeling, so that if you like, you can make desired changes. Since our bodies are connected to our beliefs and feelings, by slowing down and bringing awareness to our bodies, the path towards healing can be revealed.
I offer a safe space to explore your concerns, and combine a gentle presence with an active approach to facilitating change. We will work together to identify and transform old beliefs, negative responses, and self-defeating patterns, as well as connect with your natural resources and strengths.
I believe trials can bring transformation. I believe struggles and transitions can provide an opportunity to grow and change in life-giving ways. I believe it is never too late to live a meaningful life. I strive to be effective, present, and attuned with you through your process.
Some of the modalities I am trained in and find effective:
EMDR, a somatic therapy developed to resolve symptoms of disturbing or unresolved life experiences.
The Hakomi method, a somatic and experiential modality that helps bring awareness of "core material" (ie. beliefs, emotions, memories, images and action tendencies, often formed in childhood, that shape us, organize our experience, and define our way of relating to ourselves and the world). The client can then explore and follow present-moment experiences towards the "core material" in order to pursue ways to heal and evolve the core material. Through the study of present moment experiences in mindfulness, conflicts organically resolve, maladaptive patterns shift and resources are identified and strengthened.
Emotion Focused Couples therapy, an attachment-based model that focuses on expanding and reorganizing important emotional
responses, implementing and fostering the creation of a secure bond between
partners, and helping to shift each partner’s position of interaction while
initiating new cycles of interaction that are more beneficial for the