Tessa Mandala


Tessa Mandala Licensed Therapist Counselor providing psychotherapy in Arizona and Illinois and Certified Yoga Therapist offering Yoga Therapy

I believe all humans can recover and there isn't one straight path to reach a destination. Everyone's journey is different therefore, there are different paths that lead to the life one wants to live.

I tend to adopt mindfulness-based and somatic practices as my clinical approach. Being a yoga therapist, I believe that the body stores our story, emotions, and memories. We access these experiences through talk therapy as well as through bodywork. I incorporate principles of yoga, not only postures, but also breathing exercises, meditations, and the ethical and moral codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), if appropriate to your individual needs.


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arizona, both licenses allow me to practice independently.

Masters of Education in Counseling from DePaul University and dual Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University in Psychology and  Human Development and Family Studies.

200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification since 2014 with additional training in Yoga for PTSD.  Level 1 and 2 of Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy Certification and 500-hour experienced CYT certification. I completed my full 800-hour IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapist Certification through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.


I consider myself a relational therapist and am engaged in the therapeutic process, meaning that I am direct but warm, and will not just sit there throughout sessions. I understand the importance of the therapeutic alliance and strive to provide a safe, compassionate space.

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I have extensive experience working with those already in recovery from substance abuse/addictions, anxiety disorders, LGBTQIA+, trauma and stress/burnout.

I have previously worked as a primary counselor at an addiction intensive outpatient program in Chicago, IL. I recognize that recovery is a unique journey for each individual, so I’ll meet you where you are at, and work with you to develop a recovery program that meets your needs.