My name is Tea Beradze. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition to private practice, I am honored to serve as a Clinical Program Manager for Crisis Stabilization Unit with Uplift Family Services. I have extensive experience working with children/adolescents and their families experiencing acute crisis. This includes suicide, homicide, and grave disability assessment, as well as the psychiatric hospitalization process and stabilization.
My journey in mental health field began 11 years ago as I started working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an instructional specialist. I provided services to children with sever self-harming and behavioral challenges. My work included identifying individual behavioral support plan, integrating sensory regulation, development of social cues, and working extensively in collaboration with speech pathologists to enhance effective communication skills for those with little or no ability to verbally communicate.
After receiving Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, I worked as a school based pre-licensed therapist. I continued working with children and adolescents as a clinician with Uplift Family Services. Majority of my work with children and adolescents includes providing therapy for challenges such as: poor concentration, hyper activity, self-harming behaviors, suicide ideation, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, social relational issues, adjustment to parental separation/divorce, grief and loss, anger management, low motivation, and poor academic performance.
My past experience in mental health also includes serving my community as a counselor at the YWCA clinic. This experience gave me an opportunity to work with couples, families, and adult individual clients to increase effective communication and assertiveness skills, conflict resolution and anger management, relational issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, etc
I am honored to have had an opportunity to be a grief counselor for the Hospice of the Valley. I have provided grief counseling for children, adults, and elderly individuals and co-facilitated grief and loss support groups for the community.
Other than therapy, I love drawing, painting, reading poetry, and getting to know literature from different parts of the world. Expressive arts has been healing in my personal journey and I often incorporate it as part of therapy with my clients.