Theresa Chawner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience helping children, adolescents and families tap into their inner strength and courage so that they can create the life they dream of. She holds a core belief that everyone deserves to be happy, and understands how difficult circumstances and challenges can get in the way of this goal. By utilizing the power of compassion, connection, self-awareness, mindfulness, insight and the wisdom that comes with exploring new skills and perspectives, Theresa is able to help others heal from trauma, improve their relationship with themselves and others and respond to their thoughts and feelings in ways that are helpful and lead to success.
Theresa has a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults. She has successfully helped individuals and families improve functioning disrupted by anxiety, trauma, depression, self-harming behaviors, mood disorders, oppositional behavior, attentional difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, substance abuse and relationship conflicts. She is an expert in utilizing play therapy to help young children express and process their thoughts and feelings; Parent Management Training to help provide parents and guardians gain tools to re-shape and reinforce their child’s behavior in a way that will improve the parent child relationship; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals heal from distressing and life threatening experiences; Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help adolescents and adults learn skills that will help them understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and master all three to gain control over the direction of their life experiences; and Mindfulness to help individuals harness the power of remaining in the present moment rather than being swept away by issues from the past or worries about the future.
Theresa views her role as a therapist to be a privilege, and feels honored every time she is invited to listen and help someone along on their life journey. She is truly invested in helping as many people as she can to get to know who they really are and reach their greatest potential.