Tessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who specializes in individual, family and group therapy with adolescents, young adults and adults.
Tessa has over 18 years of clinical experience working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, family issues and alcohol and drug addiction. She practices therapy from a systems perspective, meaning that she takes the necessary time to learn who you are, in addition to the time needed to understand what is transpiring all around you.
In addition to her clinical practice, Tessa has extensive experience in the area of
drug and alcohol prevention, specifically with middle, high-school and college aged students. She has worked closely with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to help guide some of their national campaigns and has collaborated with local NYC law enforcement to build public awareness of the effects of addiction on the community.
Tessa is also trained in EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. EMDR is a method of therapy that uses bi-lateral stimulation to help the mind access difficulty memories and then naturally heal the memory. EMDR has been most successful in reprocessing traumatic events however it is also effective in treating a full range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, panic disorders and anger. For more information, visit www.emdria.org.
Tessa utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients gain strategies and skills. Her warm and engaging style makes clients feel at ease and cared for.
Tessa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the New Jersey Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and the Montclair Interdisciplinary Child Study Group. She achieved the distinct honor or receiving the Educational Excellence Award from the Caron Foundation for her work in drug and alcohol prevention.