Terésa Stern, LCSW, SEP
Terésa Stern earned her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, graduating with honors in a trauma-focused concentration created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has written a textbook for graduate students, commissioned by the Network, about trauma's impact on child neurobiological development. In 2016, Terésa gave a webinar for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute on using SE® with children, and made a Grand Rounds presentation about the neurobiological impact of trauma on children at St. Vincent’s Children’s Home in Michigan.
Terésa has worked in the trauma survivors' community since 1990, serving as public speaker, outreach educator, emergency room advocate, rape crisis counselor, and support group facilitator. In 2008 she founded Starfish Body&Soul, a holistic movement program for adult survivors of childhood abuse, and led ongoing groups at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program and the Joyful Heart Foundation.
As a social work intern, Terésa worked with children, adolescents and families at Good Shepherds Services in the Bronx and at the Bellevue Hospital Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She completed a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing® (SE® ) and has worked as a teaching assistant at SE® trainings since 2013. After training in 2012 at the Boston Trauma Center in SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment), a modality for children that incorporates sensory integration, Terésa and her colleague Marice Maldari co-founded Mindful Parenting Brooklyn. There they created the first SMART room in New York City for therapy with children. Terésa completed training in Internal Family Systems in 2016. She is trained in Somatic Resilience and Regulation (SRR), which uses touch as a therapeutic approach to trauma; Theraplay, a modality designed to help strengthen healthy parent-child attachment; and EMDR, which uses bilateral stimulation to help renegotiate trauma in the nervous system.
Terésa is also trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency). She served as a NYS-certified Rape Crisis Counselor and as an instructor of several therapeutic mind-body modalities including Let Your Yoga Dance, Street Yoga, and a children’s play therapy program called Life Is Good Playmakers (formerly Project Joy).
Terésa is the mother of two adult daughters. A published writer, she likes to hike, bike, dance, cook, and play with her dog, Ernie. Her previous careers included typography, marketing writing and design, and freelance journalism. She has been involved in fighting for justice and equality since 1968.