About Teva's Education and Experience
I am a psychotherapist who provides autism parent training, group education, and therapy to parents of differently wired and/or gender questioning youth. I provide psychotherapy for California moms pertaining to maternal mental health.
My work is grounded in a relationship-based, developmental approach with an emphasis on prevention of childhood mental health issues.
My areas of focus are respectful parenting & autism, navigating the 'culture war' while raising children, and homeschooling/unschooling differently wired kids.
Here for you!
Neurodiversity + Autism
I was inspired to focus my practice on differently wired kids when I became a mother to a mover and a shaker. I noticed a huge gap in knowledge and dignified treatment of autistic, highly sensitive and "spirited" kids, so I made it my mission to help turn things around within the field of mental health.
When I opened my child therapy practice I learned there was a huge need for parental care, education and support. My advanced training in maternal mental health allows me to support California moms with specialized care.
Autism + Gender Diversity
I've made a few waves due to sharing publicly my concern about pediatric medical gender transition. The topic of gender is directly related to the ethical treatment of autistic and traumatized youth.
I live in Southern California and homeschool my daughter in a beautiful little corner of the universe.
Vanessa is my right hand gal and research assistant! She keeps the information used in course creation up-to-date with high quality scholarly literature. She maintains the Amazon Shop and other tech. Vanessa is a creative psychology geek who is pursuing higher education while running a super cool online merch store.
MY VALUES #1
Live and let live.
Parents have a right to raise their children aligned with their own values. Childhood matters and is worth protecting.
MY VALUES #2
Good enough parenting.
We accept imperfection in ourselves and our children. We extend grace to ourselves and our kids.
MY VALUES #3
Parent the child you have.
Build on our children's strengths, honor their differences and respectfully nurture their growth.
"Your page literally makes me feel sane. I am grateful for everything you talk about. It's sort of a scary place for parents right now and having influencers like you not shy away from difficult topics is so valuable. Thank you!"
"Just wanted to say that I am so grateful for your courage and obvious compassion for our kids. You are doing meaningful work!"
Licensed Clinical Social Worker // CA103826
Master's of Social Work // Azusa Pacific University
Certified DIR Floortime Practitioner // ICDL
Certified Autism-Informed Professional // PESI
Certified Trauma Professional // PESI
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment // SMART Moves LLC
Autistic Mental Health and Well-being // Judy Endow, LCSW for Autism Society
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders // Postpartum Support International
Early Child Development
Co-led developmental play groups ages 0-3yo
- Constructed sensorimotor play space
Facilitated psychoeducation respectful parent groups
Facilitated maternal mental health postpartum groups
School-based Developmental Disabilities
Therapist on IEP team for social emotional goals
Advocate for neurodivergent students
Consultant for parents & multidisciplinary team
- Contracted with underserved school districts
Foster Youth, Trauma & Parenting
Provided psychoeducation on parenting abused & traumatized children
Supervised visits with biological parents and coached parents on attachment
- Supported for foster families during adoption planning & finalization
Wrote and Evaluated Home Studies for County of Ventura & non-profit
Private Practice Psychotherapy
Trauma-informed play therapy and talk therapy for youth
Parent psychotherapy & Maternal Mental Health
DIR Floortime, TF-CBT & Autism specialized support, gender exploration
Advocacy for children & parents
Education & Coaching
Autism Parent Training
Group coaching membership
Autism and neurodiversity guest speaker
- Developmental, culturally sensitive & holistic approach