Teri Wood, MA, LMHC
I believe that all persons have the basic right to be heard. We all have experiences that make up who we are, some of which we may need or wish to explore further or heal from. Together in counseling we can create a safe place to work toward agreed upon goals. Along my path as a clinical mental health therapist, I found a hidden passion in working with children, toddlers, early childhood. I also continue to see adults. In addition, I have experience in working with developmental delays. Gay, Bi, Lesbian welcome! Individual, couples, family and group work available.
My practice is eclectic in nature. I view counseling work through a systemic lens; we are part of a whole system. While working with me, you may note I borrow techniques from Play Therapy, Art Therapy, what many refer to as talk therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Sand Tray, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and more.
I have had the fortune of being raised as a child in a pacific island culture, which was significantly different than my birth culture. Thankfully my parents raised my one brother and I to be open minded, and if we didn’t know something we should go and learn. This attitude remains with me today. My friends all know that I am a "question asker". I strive to learn what is around me and far away from the life I know. Being raised in poverty was also a blessing in disguise, I know the meaning of ‘hungry’ in more ways than related to food. Today, that comes with me, along with the work I have done, to see choices and how they may impact the lives of those I work with.
I completed my Bachelors degree in Arts and then my Masters degree in Arts at Antioch University in Seattle. After working as a child and family therapist for a few years I realized a need for more information on working with infants and their families and toddlers. I completed a year of Infant Observation under clinical supervision and training as well as a year of academics from the University of Washington’s Infant Mental Health program.
My professional career of the last 20 + years has been with various races and cultures including, but not limited to, developmentally differently-abled persons, and the most recent 8+ years in a tight-knit Native American community. While I am licensed as a Mental Health Therapist, I was trained in the Child, Couple, and Family Therapy track.
Today I derive great pleasure in family activities, taking care of my Animal Assisted Therapy dog, Sammy, and other pets. I value cultivating relationships with friends. My life-partner and I enjoy “glamping”-- no more sleeping bags on the ground for us.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.teriwoodcounseling.com