Tessa Richardson, LCSW

Certified Hakomi Therapist             

Certified EMDR Therapist     


"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

-Mary Oliver

Asking for help requires strength and courage. Seeking therapy can be a powerful step towards transformation and the healing of emotional wounds.  I have many years of experience working with individuals and couples and I believe 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.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™, is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. While traditional talk therapies utilize the words of a person as the entry point for treatment, this type of therapy depends on the bodily experiences of the individual as a gateway to awareness and improved mental health.

The Hakomi method, as a certified Hakomi therapist, I use a 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 relationship.

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Trauma and PTSD

Relationship Issues
Self Esteem issues

Life Transitions

Issues of Identity

Grief and Loss




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