TERESA GROSS, LPC Intern
Supervised by John V. Jones Jr., Ph.D., LPC-S
Welcome. I'm glad you're here. The path to healing, growth, and greater fulfillment in life is no small task. It takes willingness, intention, compassion, vulnerability, humility, strength, and courageous action among other things. It also exacts a fiery commitment to the pursuit of one’s full potential and the gradual emergence of a more authentic, accepting, present, values-driven, and whole-hearted way of being.
My own story entails the quest for "something more" dating back to my late 20s when I first stepped into a therapist's office for help with anxiety and depression. At that time, and off-and-on since then while pursuing my passion for personal growth, I sought therapeutic support whenever I struggled to find the right balance between risk and safety—that is, meeting my need for security while responding to the clarion call to follow my heart. Each time, I stretched to manage day-to-day stress much less summon the clarity, courage, and conviction to step out of my “comfort zone” towards essential change and growth.
Perhaps you're face-to-face with a similar situation? Or perhaps you’re struggling in a relationship? Devastated by a loss or the death of a loved one? Or, is your desire to deepen your spiritual understanding, spark your creative expression, connect with a higher purpose in your career, or simply enjoy life more?
Working together, you and I will create a calm space for you to turn inward, listen, and dig deep to discover and experience who you really are. In doing so, we will contemplate your inner landscape, experiences, and relationships as well as your hopes, dreams, and wishes. We will invite wonder, awakening, and answers to some of life’s most thought-provoking questions. Importantly, we will also consider healthy practices for coping with everyday demands and negotiating life’s inherent uncertainties.
Using an approach to therapy that encompasses existential, humanistic, and transpersonal perspectives, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral interventions, we will draw on your strengths, mindfully connect with the present, open to new perspectives, clarify your next steps, and cultivate loving self-acceptance and compassion for others. We will also elicit insights, invite allowance of What Is, explore your thoughts and feelings, define your values, and take committed action towards what’s important to you. In time, your relationship with yourself, others, and life will begin to shift.
My own life experiences have been inspired by a love of learning, a fascination with human nature, and a genuine desire to assist others in discovering their true nature, being who they 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. The bridge to my counseling career was a dual role that entailed relationship-based outreach and coaching young adults with autism. Prior to this life-changing transition, I spent 20 years in marketing roles at Fortune 500 companies and small businesses before boldly choosing to follow my heart by leaving high-tech for the healing arts to become a massage therapist and yoga teacher. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, meditation, and spiritual study as well as exploring the Enneagram, spending time with family and friends, and being a student of life.
Naturally, I would welcome the chance to collaborate with you as your therapist. With dedicated effort, I trust you will come to appreciate the opportunity our sessions can provide for reflection on your life, experiences, and greatest struggles. In the same way, I am confident your full engagement with this healing process will help you see clearly, find greater peace within, and enliven the real you. And, as you unveil what is true, my hope is that you will enjoy more freedom, embody joy, and feel gratitude for life.
If you’re ready to experience more peace and ease, heal your pain, or work your “growth edge,” I’m here to listen and help. To take the next step, please request an appointment here or by calling 512/201-4501, ext. 175.