Teresa P Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200

I see trauma as a fingerprint – we each carry the unique DNA of our own hurt and none is more or less real than anyone else’s. We also have the ingredients for our own healing in the DNA of our bodies, our memories, our brains and our creative energy. 

We all have the capacity to change. Sometimes that begins with the change into a traumatic response or our hurt place, but it also shows in that capacity to change, that we, also, all have the capacity to heal. I believe in that capacity in all of us…to change, to heal, to grow.

Teresa P Mateus (formerly Teresa Bennett Pasquale), LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a trauma therapist, yoga and meditation teacher and equine-facilitated psychotherapist. She engages integrative methodologies for healing as it is useful, along with relational engagement to facilitate client’s journeys toward change and healing. 

Teresa believes that since each person’s process of trauma and healing is their fingerprint that each person’s path towards healing will look a little different. She takes time to listen to the needs of each of her clients and together, her and each client curate their path towards healing – one step at a time.

Teresa also has a focus towards LGBTQIA, POC & QTPOC clients and the client care needs for marginalized persons and communities.

Teresa’s areas of specialty:

  • Trauma, PTSD & Secondary Trauma/Stress
  • LGBTQIA, Sexual and Gender Identity Issues
  • POC & QTPOC Issues
  • Spiritual and Religious Trauma
  • Social Justice Movements and Activist Trauma
  • Military and Veteran Trauma
  • Trauma & Addiction Issues
  • Therapist & Healing Care Provider (healthcare/mental health field workers, alternative medicine providers, somatic and body care workers, etc) Issues
  • First Responders


Teresa can be reached at  847-475-7003 x 32 and [email protected] 

Teresa is available to train, present, consult on: 

  • Integrative Trauma Care (including variations of focus on mind-body-spirit care, creative and expressive arts, and equine-facilitated psychotherapy)
  • Movement Trauma: Trauma, PTSD & Healing in Social Justice & Social Movements
  • Sacred Wounds: Spiritual & Religious Trauma and Healing
  • POC (people of color) & QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) Therapist and Therapeutic Care
  • Treating Invisible Wounds of War: Military & Veteran Trauma, PTSD and Healing
  • Cultural Awareness in Healthcare & Clinical Care Contexts


Education and Credentials: 

MSW, Masters in Clinical Social Work (2007), New York University

LCSW (Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training for Clinicians Certification (2008), The Trauma Center



Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma

Mending Broken: A Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery