Teresa Guajardo, MA, LMHC
Teresa and her co-therapist, Caper the Poodle, honor the strengths you have and help you build on them.
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Utilizing a trauma-informed and strengths based approach, Teresa brings years of experience working with youth and adults who are dealing with issues related to gender identity, sexual identity, HIV status, sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, refugee status, racial, religious, and discrimination. She brings a social justice and intersectional lens when working with folks who have been assigned (by society) marginalized identities. She has experience counseling and writing letters for gender affirming medical treatments.
Individual Sessions May Include:
Helping you THINK through events and CHANGE old behavioral patterns.
Learn and practice new SKILLS to manage your life issues.
FOCUSING on your emotional and physical feelings and LEARNING what they mean.
Process events and tap your inner resources with BODY-ORIENTED techniques such as EMDR Therapy, mindfulness, breath work, guided visualization, movement, and relaxation.
Use EXPRESSIVE therapies such as art, writing, and movement.
Journaling and take home activities to help you PROCESS and PRACTICE what you learned in session.
Teresa has lived in the Olympia area since coming to work as development coordinator for Safeplace in 1996. She left non-profit development to begin private practice as a massage therapist. Specializing in trauma treatment, she began working with transgender individuals who wanted to connect more with their bodies as they transitioned. She became known as a "safe" person for trans individuals. She earned her Master's in Counseling Psychology at Saint Martin's University, including an internship at Monarch Children's Justice and Advocacy Center. She opened her counseling practice in 2006. While she continues to specialize in trauma therapy, much of her practice is with BIPOC and LGBTQI+ individuals.
Teresa is an instigator. She participated in the creation and development of several programs. Some of them are:
Projecto Esperanza - a therapy program for Latino/a sexual abuse survivors at CIELO.
Pizza Klatch - a lunchtime support group for LGBTQQA youth in high schools.
Queer Art Heals Your Heart - an art as therapy program for victims of crime with Stonewall Youth and PiPE.
She and her wife also hosted a wedding for everyone at the Capital Rotunda once marriage equality was ratified by the people of the great state of Washington in 2012. Twenty one other couples from 5 counties married with them on that day.
Rainbow Health Center - is her current enterprise.
Trans Health Fund - is her current endeavor.
Saint Martin’s University, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics, Graduated in massage program
Oregon State University, B.S. in Psychology, Human Services Certificate
First session - 55 minutes $150
Established - 55 minutes $120
85 minutes $180
Payment is due at time of service. Sliding scale and no-fee is available for some. Check with Teresa to see if you qualify.
Kaiser Permanente insurance for transgender individuals.
Medicaid single case agreements as allowed.
Employer based insurance is out-of-network reimbursement. You bill for reimbursement.
Contact your insurance company regarding "out-of-network provider" coverage. If your carrier allows, ask about: 1) deductible, 2) restrictions regarding diagnosis and/or sessions, 3) number of allowed sessions, 4) reimbursement rates, 5) reimbursement procedure. Teresa will send you a monthly superbill for reimbursement.
Teresa has contracts to provide therapy services for certain special populations including folks living with HIV, chronic houselessness, and trans/non-binary folks. Sliding scale options also available. Ask about eligibility.
Scheduling Your Appointment
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You may need some quiet time after your appointment to process your experience. It's important to keep this in mind when scheduling your session.
Every counselor is different even if they offer the same things. It's helpful to interview multiple therapists. Teresa will schedule a 20 minute initial consult session on request.
Cancellations & Rescheduling
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