Tessa Mandala, M.Ed, LCPC, RYT
I believe everything is connected: mind, body, spirit. My intention is to help foster exploration of self, to help in identifying goals, working towards positive change, empowering one to have self-compassion, self-love, and direction.
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 a cognitive-behavioral therapy clinical approach in addition to applying aspects of dialectical-behavioral therapy. Mindfulness and somatic work is also used throughout my sessions. Being a yoga therapist-in-training, 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.
Tessa is a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered yoga teacher. She received her Masters of Education in community counseling from DePaul University in June 2015 and holds a Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University in psychology and human development and family studies.
Tessa specializes in substance abuse, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, LGBTQ, trauma and mindfulness/yoga. Prior to graduate school, Tessa worked extensively with at-risk youth through mentoring programs in Fort Collins, CO.
Tessa has previously worked as a primary counselor at an intensive outpatient program in Chicago, IL serving individuals struggling with substance abuse. Tessa recognizes that recovery is a unique journey for each individual, so she meets the client where they are, and works with them to develop a recovery program that meets their needs. She understands the importance of the therapeutic alliance and strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental space.
Tessa first became passionate about the psychological and physical benefits of yoga during graduate school. There, she combined her aspirations to work with individuals in recovery as a mental health therapist with studying the philosophies of yoga and its benefits for individuals in recovery.
To further her practice and love of yoga, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from CorePower Yoga in 2014. She has additional training in yoga for PTSD through YogaFit. She has experience teaching yoga classes to high school-aged youth and facilitating yoga groups at an outpatient treatment center for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Today, Tessa recently completed her 500-hour E-RYT certification and is working towards her 800-hour IAYT-accredited yoga therapist certification through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.
Molly M. Dooley, LPC
I believe my role as a therapist is to help clients build an awareness of themselves by examining both the mind and body. I draw from both DBT and CBT techniques. I will work with clients towards acceptance and change, to develop insight into understanding themselves on a deeper level. From barriers to daily functioning, coping with chronic health issues, identifying cognitive distortions to larger questions of identity and life purpose; we will explore ways to address unhealthy patterns in a safe and judgement free space.
I have four years of experience with a wide variety of patient population. I have worked in stabilization with acute illnesses. Additionally, I have run an adult intensive outpatient program running groups that focus on anxiety, substance abuse and interpersonal conflict. Most recently, I was seeing clients for weekly psychotherapy. I feel my wide variety of experience has led me to develop strong clinical instinct and tools to understand the unique needs of each client I work with. I believe in using humor and gentle confrontation in my work with clients in their journey to understanding themselves.
Specialties: Anxiety disorders, major life adjustments, transition to motherhood/new moms