I believe given the proper space and connection, we all have the willpower and motivation to overcome what troubles us most. Therefore, my goal is to provide each person with empathy, understanding and empowerment as we connect – one human being to another.”
Teayra uses a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to help clients experiencing a variety of trauma and emotional distress. Using components of cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness, she helps them build a foundation on which they can foster healing and create change. She utilizes solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing to help clients achieve the quality of life they desire. Through addressing thought processes that are limiting them, she empowers clients to create change and know healing.
Teayra has experience working with adolescents and adults in individual and group settings facing addiction, trauma related to addiction, depression, anxiety, mood regulation, race-based trauma, women’s issues, as well as grief and loss.
Teayra is trained in EMDR and Brainspotting – powerful brain-based nonverbal treatments that are effective at rewiring our brain’s neural pathways for significant and lasting changes in treatment.
Teayra can work with clients based in DC and MD.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness Practices
- Trauma-Informed Approach
- Motivational interviewing
- Solutions-Focused Therapy
Prior to coming to The Viva Center, Teayra worked as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Aquila Recovery, an intensive-outpatient treatment clinic in the DC area. There, Teayra provided trauma-informed interventions for clients struggling with addiction, trauma, emotional distress, and a wide array of other presenting problems.
Teayra has experience providing both individual and group therapy to individuals to better assist in the process of healing, growth, and learning through connection.
Teayra holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Marymount University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. She is trained in EMDR and Brainspotting and uses them with her clients to move and integrate trauma held in the unconscious.
To learn more about working with this clinician, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.