Terese Castellanos: The Journey from Hurting to Healing – Part 1

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Terese Castellanos: The Journey from Hurting to Healing – Part 1

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Terese Castellanos, LCSW, has 20 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. She has developed a treatment style that is engaging, goal-oriented, and strength based, which allows her clients to participate in their own growth and healing.  Terese works collaboratively with her clients to find an approach that works best for them. It is important to her that she creates a friendly, comfortable, and non-judgmental space where clients can express themselves openly and freely.

Terese specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, and major life transitions.  She believes that through therapy, unresolved issues can be addressed so as to gain freedom from shame, guilt, anxiety, and depression, and work toward healthier ways of living that allow for a more meaningful and authentic life.

She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition to her work in private practice, she works as a an addictions therapist, critical incident response consultant, and a mental health consultant. In addition, Terese is a certified Reiki Practitioner.

In the first part of their two-part conversation on Dare Ah New Belief, Nada and Terese discuss: 

  1. Transitioning Terese’s mother into hospice care
  2. How being the caretaker for her husband with brain cancer helped build resiliency
  3. How Terese’s mother’s losses affected her
  4. Why her grandmother raised her until 15 years of age
  5. The confusion of living with her mom after 15 years of living with her grandmother

Key takeaways: 

  • We have our own childhood, and how we were brought up affects how we parent.
  • Terese’s brother died in her mother’s arms because she was told at the ER to wait her turn.
  • In Terese’s heart, her grandmother was her mom, and her mom was more like an aunt.
  • Children think they make things happen; Terese wondered why she was not good enough to live with her family.
  • Terese is a mom now, and there is nothing that would ever cause her to not want to be with her child.

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