About Me

Hi! I'm Teresa.

I came to this career later in life, and I'm grateful and humbled every day to do this work. I received my master's in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2022, and have worked with children, teens and adults both in schools and in a clinic setting, with a focus on trauma, depression, and family relational problems.  

Education and training

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, 2022


Applying Gestalt Therapy and Sand Tray to Dreamwork 6-hour training, January 2023.

Creative Sand Tray Interventions for Play Therapy 6-hour training.  December 2023.  

Introduction to Using Sand Tray Assessment and Techniques in Play Therapy 6-hour training. December 2023.

Polyvagal Informed Common Factor Approach to Working with Trauma, September 2023

Internal Family Systems Immersive Online Course, 2022-2023.  

Spiral Process Method 35-Hour Certificate in Holistic Healing Arts, 2023

Internal Family Systems 2-day training, 2022.

Suicide Assessment in Adolescents 6-hour training, 2022.

Facilitation Skills:  Putting Participatory Values into Practice, 3-day certificate program, 2018.

Convergent Facilitation Conflict Resolution 2-day workshop, 2016.

Nonviolent Communication Year-Long Training Program, 2016

Why "Oak and  Sage"?

Multiple varieties of oak and sage are native to Santa Clara Valley.  

Oaks and sages both provide nourishment and shelter to many organisms, and use very different strategies to survive and thrive in sometimes harsh conditions.  They remind me that life is a sacred endeavor, that we are all interconnected, and that we all have our own ways growing, thriving, and contributing to the world.