Approach & Services
Dr. Teresa Hunt approach to helping:
“I believe in starting where the client is, with deep empathy and validation, but always holding for my client a vision for his/her higher potential and a greater possibility for his/her life. The work we do together strives to enable them to see their situation in a new way where they can feel empowered and hopeful. Many individuals feel liberated when the repetitive self-defeating patterns, or blocking mindset can be altered. In some cases grieving is necessary. On the other side of grief, is awakening, discovery, and renewal. Changes in self, mood and behavior can occur, and new doors open for a different kind of living. Much is possible on the other side of fear. The aim is to face the blocks, and to gain energy from the non-resistance to what is currently going on, and develop a new perspective.
Being seen and heard by a warm and experienced therapist can be extremely validating. As I listen, and my clients speak, they come to know themselves more profoundly and often in very new ways. Feeling validated in one’s thoughts, feelings and experiences is a form of care with enormous healing power. The kinds of issues that I help Individuals with are work and life problems, relationship issues of all kinds, loss of meaning, spiritual crises, anxiety, depression, grief, Adult ADHD, divorce, separation, low self-esteem, emotional or other kinds of abuse, young adulthood issues, self-sabotaging personality patterns.
Couples Therapy is a real specialty, and takes years of experience to do well. With couples, using Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), I strive to help partners clear out the blocks in their relational space, move from reactivity to conscious intentionality, and find each other again, perhaps in a new way for the first time. We focus on the pattern of interaction that is causing disconnection for each partner, and help them shift to a different way. Using the Imago Dialogue, couples “cross the bridge” to visit their partner’s world for a deep hearing and understanding. Partners also learn how to develop “owner’s manuals” on their partners, to understand their attachment style, their psychobiology, and how to help soothe their tender spots. We seek to renew safety and create secure attachment bonds, where passion can be reengaged. I present Imago Weekend Workshops for Couples, which are called "Getting the Love You Want". These are being done all over the world and I am the only Certified Presenter in my region. These Workshops are transformative for couples.
Psychotherapy helps people hear their own words, thoughts and feelings so that they may find themselves, even when they perhaps had not known that they were lost. The therapist's ability to hear and see them, validate their experience, and walk with them, "to the side and a little behind", as they find their own answers and develop new visions of what is possible for themselves, plays a vital role. I am privileged to do this work, it is my life’s work, and has brought me so many gifts. We each are on our own journey, each of us with our own special story. The creative task is to own our story, to know its truth…but then importantly embrace it in a new way so as to cause a transformative shift…. So that we may become all that we were meant to be. "
"Surrender to grace. The ocean cares for each wave until it reaches the shore. You are given more help than you will ever know." ~ Rumi