TERESA GROSS, LPC Intern
Supervised by John V. Jones Jr., Ph.D., LPC-S
Welcome. I’m glad you're here. My intuition is whatever has brought you to this place is worthy of your compassion. As your therapist, I can offer a calming and attentive presence, empathy, and understanding along with sensitive guidance that draws from decades of my own life lessons and experiences. Together, we’ll take our time and make space for you to pause, reflect, and engage your natural strengths, innate wisdom, and deep-rooted resilience in the pursuit of positive change, inner peace, and passionate living.
In the beginning, we’ll build rapport and talk about what brought you in – what’s been troubling you and what you hope to gain from your therapy experience. If you don’t know, that’s ok; we’ll suss it out together. I’m dedicated to helping you sort through your thoughts, feelings, and patterns of behaviors in a way that brings a balance of comfort, curiosity, candor, and challenge to the therapeutic process.
As we go further into the work of therapy, you will be invited to slow down, turn inward, and dig deep to discover and experience your true nature. In doing so, we will contemplate your inner landscape, experiences, and relationships as well as your hopes, dreams, and wishes. We’ll invite wonder, awakening, and answers to some of life’s most thought-provoking questions. Importantly, we’ll also consider practical tools and strategies for coping with stress and uncertainty as well as negotiating your everyday demands.
Using an existential approach to therapy that primarily integrates mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral practices taken from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), we will build on your strengths to consider specific strategies for navigating your challenges, skillfully implement changes, overcome obstacles, and attend to your emotions. We will mindfully connect with the present, seek new insights, engender self-acceptance and acceptance of What Is, ponder different perspectives, explore exciting possibilities, clarify what’s important to you, and do what matters. Over time, you can trust your relationship with yourself, others, and life will begin to shift in positive, purposeful, and meaningful ways.
My own life experiences have been inspired by a love of learning, a fascination with human nature, and a sincere desire to support others in the discovery of their true selves, being who they really are, and living life full-on, full-out. At age 45, I stepped into my life’s work with a Masters of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and internship as a bereavement counselor. My next career move was a dual position that included relationship marketing with education and mental health professionals and counseling young adults with autism. Since leaving that position, I have worked as a full-time therapist. Prior to counseling, I spent 20 years in marketing roles at Fortune 500 companies until making the bold decision to leave high-tech for the healing arts. After risking this shift, I worked as a massage therapist and yoga teacher before settling into my most cherished role as a counselor. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, meditation, spirituality as well as studying the Enneagram, spending time with family and friends, and being a student of life.
Your path to greater fulfillment will ask for your willingness, strength, courage, vulnerability, and more coupled with an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of your true potential at a pace that’s just right for you. Yet, this journey is not one you must endure alone. There is not only hope and healing in asking for help, but also great reward. It is the gradual emergence of an authentic, accepting, present, values-driven, and wholehearted way of being as well as a rich, albeit rigorous at times, experience of life that can offer newfound freedom, pure joy, and vitality.
If you’re feeling tossed around by life and want to make sense of it; or if you‘re ready to work your growth edge, I would be grateful for the chance to collaborate with you. To take this next step, please call 512/201-4501, ext. 175 or initiate a request for services and indicate a preference to work with me online.