Teresa Gouch, LPC is a board-certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Therapist who has practiced in the mental health field for over 10 years. Teresa specializes in trauma counseling, foster care/adoption counseling, family therapy and marriage counseling and she is certified in Perinatal Mental Health. Teresa has been trained in the evidence-based interventions of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Structural Family Therapy as well as mindfulness-based approaches to the treatment of trauma. She also follows the humanistic approach that people are innately good and can achieve their full potential given the right tools and mindset. Teresa finds music and play therapy to be of great help with younger youth who have difficulty putting their feelings into words.
Education & Experience
Teresa received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Education at Duquesne University where she became a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honors society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.
She worked as a therapist through Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services aiding families with children diagnosed with behavioral and mental health issues including, but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is also certified in Perinatal Mental Health.
Teresa has provided in-home Family-Based Services to many families in crises to strengthen the family system and prevent a child from out-of-home placement. For over 9 years, she has enjoyed facilitating therapy to children in foster care and families affected by the foster care system. She has assisted in children reunifying with their families of origin as well as becoming adopted by foster families. She finds that a united front with all involved in treatment is key to successful change. Teresa has also trained numerous foster parents with an internationally recognized curriculum to prepare them from a systemic and clinical standpoint. She believes that a positive home environment produces confident parents and healthy child development.
She has provided supervision to those seeking licensure as well as foster parents regarding the youth in their care. To continue providing sound therapy to others, Teresa regularly attends training opportunities and remains up-to-date on the latest clinical research through her membership with American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Teresa’s Trauma Therapy Philosophy
When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Teresa’s great passion is to bring healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. She enjoys helping people of all ages and backgrounds find healthy perceptions of themselves while strengthening their relationships. Her ultimate goal as a therapist is for others to feel whole and safe. Teresa is adept to helping anyone from aggressive to clinically depressed and is mindful of cultural differences. She meets people where they are at, without judgment, and empowers them to be the writer of their own story.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
How to Get Started
Teresa provides therapy in-person at the Greensburg office as well as via online therapy for your convenience. You can reach us at 412-322-2129 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Or contact us here.