Teressa’s work is a dynamic blend of her life experiences: a Masters Degree in Marriage
and Family Therapy, 20 years of study in Eastern psychology/philosophy and certification as a
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher. She holds black belts in both Seirenkai Karate and
Seirenkai Jujitsu. She brings great passion from her own 25-year mindfulness practice, a strong
marriage of 21 years and her hands-on experience in mothering two teenagers. Teressa’s
cultural sensitivity, multi-faith perspective, and fluency in American Sign Language allows her
to welcome and work effectively with people of varied backgrounds.
The signature of Teressa’s work is the relationship she builds
with each. It is essential to her that you experience a relationship of unconditional acceptance
and safety, non-judgment, and her belief in your inherent wholeness.
I come to this work quite naturally. I have always had the gift of making
others feel emotionally safe and have always been able to see and know quickly why someone struggles.
I have looked deeply into myself, so it is easy for me to recognize another’s humanity.
When my children were young, I intuitively (and surprisingly) took a path
of Attachment Parenting. Co-sleeping, nursing on cue, carrying the children in my sling, I was a full
time companion for my children. This unexpected path yielded great joy and brought me to the study of
ethnopediatrics (the study of cross-cultural parenting) and I dived right in. My research explained
my choices: I was tuning into hard-wired biological and evolutionary instincts. I supported other
mothers in trusting themselves and their feelings above all the books and experts. I was determined
to be a voice for getting back to a more natural way of connecting with our children, beyond gadgets,
fear of spoiling, and dogmatic sleep routines.
As my children grew, so did my passion to share the larger world with
them, and to help them find meaning in it. I created a spiritual home life that preserved the
traditions of my husbands Jewish heritage and my Italian heritage and with that added rich teachings,
ideas, philosophy and humanism in a way that cultivated open minded mystery. I was pioneering a
“homegrown spirituality”, which became a guide for other young families.
Another significant influence in our family’s life has been the
study and practice of Seirenkai martial arts. My husband and I met in martial arts as teenagers. As
we married and started a family, we remained devoted karate-ka. Then in 2007, my husband and his
brother founded their own international system (International Seirenkai Organization) and our home is
now headquarters for this system, where members from around the world come to study, train and share
in community. Our children have grown up in this tradition which emphasizes the integrity behind the
moral code, practical safety and ancient art of self defense. Focusing on Bugei (the perfection of
technique) and Budo (the perfection of character), our family discussions over the years have sought
to marry everyday life with awareness, sound ethics and the protection of life. We continue to learn
from this rich art, with me receiving my black belt promotion and my children continuing to make
their way through the belt advancements. I frequently reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of
such a profoundly comprehensive and communal experience.
As my husband and I grew with our children, we discovered new ways to
connect and communicate with honesty and kindness. We found new ways of compromising, of
understanding each others shifting needs, and we cultivated acceptance for each other’s
imperfections. We learned how to use emotional intelligence to become stronger and more in tune with
each other than ever before. Our high school romance had evolved into a new mature adoration. Deep
love, mutual respect and the ability to see each other’s goodness at all times, combine to
provide fertile ground for us to cultivate a partnership and family culture that is a natural
expression of our values. We prioritize celebration, personal growth, and true connection as we
welcome all people into our home and lives.
My personal passion for Eastern psychology and philosophy had begun years
before my kids were born. My long-standing love of Yoga and Meditation brought me to Kundalini, where
the energetic and emotional emphasis was another beautiful compliment to my belief in, and passion
for, achievable inner peace.
I am deeply committed to partnering with you in the experience of being
fully alive and at peace. I want you to understand both your background and your nature, fully accept
yourself, feel your own power, relate to others harmoniously, move through the world skillfully and
achieve whatever fills you up with joy and gives you purpose. I am here to support you in the pursuit
of personal freedom, fulfilling relationships and the sustaining of a peaceful home.