Theresa C. MSSW, LICSW
Theresa offers scientifically backed treatments: Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT). She is excited to offer I-CBT to her clients – it has been described as profound and a “game-changer.” Although this compassionate and effective psychotherapy is offered only by a very limited number of OCD experts in the US, and even fewer in Washington state, it has helped people recover from OCD for over 20 years in Canada and Europe. Finally, science-backed options that target what so many others miss! Exposures aren’t necessary… but they are optional.
In addition to her advanced clinical practice coursework and training while attending Columbia University, Theresa has provided high intensity, evidence-based interventions to individuals since 2011 and has had eleven years of clinical supervision. She has completed the following trainings to further her knowledge: CBT with Beck Institute, I-CBT with Fred Aardema co-creator, ERP with BTTI, EX/RP with CBI, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), and SPACE Expanded. She created one of the first I-CBT consultation groups in the US and offers consultations to other professionals. Her lived experience and recovery from OCD offer a valued perspective.
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being. A historic and defining feature is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living. Social workers are sensitive to cultural diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. They seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs.
Theresa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker living and working in Washington state. She began her career in behavioral health in 2011 in southern Arizona supporting individuals, families, and communities. Over the next decade she worked in community mental health facilities, transitional housing programs, crisis services, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT/PACT) teams, and hospital inpatient and emergency departments. She recognizes and considers the social, cultural, political, structural, and institutional forces that come into play for people seeking treatment and the importance of intersectionality and identity in her interactions with colleagues and clients.