Teresa Bertoncin, LMFT, LPCC

(She/her)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

Online Therapy

About Me

My area of expertise is in supporting clients experiencing complex trauma and dissociation. I am passionate about working with addiction & dual pathologies, PTSD, attachment-related issues, sexual and psychological abuse, phase-of-life transitions, and grief and loss. Alongside credentials as an EMDR Certified Clinician and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, I am also trained in the EMDR advanced progressive approach for trauma and dissociation. Additionally, I am a certified Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, Certified Sandplay Therapist, and have completed certification requirements for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families. I enjoy presenting at National and International conferences & workshops. I bring issues into focus with a trauma-informed, depth psychological, person-centered, relational perspective. My strengths are compassion, the capacity to deal with intense emotions, and a deep curiosity in order to understand my client’s internal world. Throughout my professional clinical experience, I have addressed and explored trauma in a multitude of settings. In South Africa, I lived and worked as an HIV program developer, psychosocial trainer, and consultant, and led a team of social workers to develop & established a fully accredited diversion program for youth in conflict with the law with an emphasis on community restorative justice, substance abuse awareness, and leadership. I conducted psychotherapy training for trauma-based organizations in Swaziland and provided trauma therapy, advocacy, and life-skills training for Zimbabwean refugees, people living with and affected by HIV in high transmission areas, and EMDR to first responders working with Doctors without Borders. I have also had extensive experience as a wilderness therapist providing intensive acute trauma-informed care to emerging young adults. My ongoing private therapy and consultation practice with two locations in Beverly Hills and Redondo Beach CA specializes in complex trauma and dissociation, and trauma and addictions. At the heart of my beliefs is that creating meaningful connections is the cornerstone of healing. Formerly an NCAA Division 1 collegiate gymnast and team captain, I owned and operated a gymnastics academy for 20 years, and incorporates strength-based psychotherapy with coaching techniques for a whole-person mind-body approach to establish resiliency, empowerment, and sustainable life skills. In my personal time, I enjoy gardening, beekeeping, hiking, travel, CrossFit, yoga, and my beautiful children and grandbaby.

Education & Experience

Graduate Degreecompletion, March 2008 Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. MA, Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology Thesis topic: The Initiatory Wound: Effects of Trauma on Adolescent Rite-of Passage. Undergraduate degree completion, June 1982: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI. Recruited Full-Scholarship Athlete (Gymnastics)—NCAA Division 1, Elected Team Captain.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military