Theresa M Dyer, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with a rich background in the field of health and human services. Ms. Dyer brings professional skills and knowledge from a number of diverse professional work experiences to her clinical work. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities (with populations ranging from infancy through geriatric) in environments including early intervention, school-based, home-based and vocational/manufacturing based. In addition, Ms. Dyer has extensive experience in medical social work in a level 1 trauma hospital environment, child and adolescent psychiatric social work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital environment and hospital social work management in a premier children’s hospital environment. Most recently Ms. Dyer’s career experiences have been in the substance abuse and addictions field and in the mental health field in outpatient clinical settings.
Ms. Dyer is comfortable working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with populations from age 10 years throughout the lifespan. She is sensitive of cultural, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender differences amongst people. Her approach to counseling is first and foremost an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the fact that it takes courage for any person to engage in therapy. Counseling is a means to better understand oneself and one’s environment and is most often engaged in when one is experiencing discomfort or emotional pain. It takes courage to seek out help and especially to commit to the therapeutic process, as this often involves making (positive) changes in ones’ perception, attitude, and behavior. Ms. Dyer recognizes that change may be difficult as we tend to fear the unknown. However, the support of a therapist and the understanding that; more often than not FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real is often enough to push through the fear and begin engaging in a more comfortable way of living.
Ms Dyer is especially skilled in the area of trauma-informed care and in recognizing the various symptoms that result from traumatic experiences and/or dysfunctional family systems, including a poor sense of self/adult child syndrome, depression, anxiety, negative self-talk, self-harm, dissociation, guilt and shame, learned helplessness and codependent behaviors. She utilizes a number of strengths-based skills and techniques including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, mindfulness, acceptance, compassion for self and others and self-care to address these and other concerns.