Tessa Mandala, LCPC, E-RYT 500, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered yoga teacher. She received her Masters of Education in community counseling from DePaul University in June 2015 and holds a Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University in psychology and human development and family studies. Tessa specializes in substance abuse, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, LGBT issues, and mindfulness/yoga. Prior to graduate school, Tessa worked extensively with at-risk youth through mentoring programs in Fort Collins, CO.
In addition to her role at Head/Heart Therapy, Tessa has previously worked as a primary counselor at an intensive outpatient program in Chicago, IL serving individuals struggling with substance abuse. Tessa recognizes that recovery is a unique journey for each individual, so she meets the client where they are, and works with them to develop a recovery program that meets their needs. She understands the importance of the therapeutic alliance and strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental space.
Tessa first became passionate about the psychological and physical benefits of yoga during graduate school. There, she combined her aspirations to work with individuals in recovery as a mental health therapist with studying the philosophies of yoga and its benefits for individuals in recovery.
To further her practice and love of yoga, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from CorePower Yoga in 2014. She has additional training in yoga for PTSD through YogaFit. She has experience teaching yoga classes to high school-aged youth and facilitating yoga groups at an outpatient treatment center for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Tessa recently completed her additional 300-hrs towards her 500-hour E-RYT certification and is currently working towards her 800-hour IAYT-accredited yoga therapist certification through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. Reach out to Tessa to learn more about her current teaching schedule.
In her spare time, you will find Tessa trying out yoga inversions, baking or spending time with friends. As a native of Arizona, she also loves to explore new areas of Chicago!
You can reach Tessa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org