Teresa Lauer, LMHC
12 Sessions to Creative Solutions
Coaching & Consulting from the Comfort & Privacy of Your Home or Office

Changes Everything

Is your life missing this one, precise ingredient?

Money is one of those taboo subjects that no one really wants to talk about (not even to their therapist!), but should (at least to their therapist!). There are lots of reasons we don't talk about money but really, at the crux of the matter, is that we don't want to be judged harshly for the money decisions, and sometimes mistakes, that we've made due to our behaviors.  

Let me share with you five "truths" of money and how I've helped clients break through these taboos to help them reach personal growth in terms of their money psychology:
You and Money Have a Relationship and a History Already, Mostly Learned in Childhood

We learn based on modeling and no where is modeling more embedded than in our childhood memories. We've all learned myriad lessons in childhood about money and it's importance in our own self-worth. Think back to the comments, even some very off-hand, that your parents said about money that, for the most part, you may have just accepted and not given much thought like some of the most common, more overt, like: "If you work hard, the money will come.", "Be grateful for what you have.", "You're lucky to have a roof over your head." "Take care of yourself first; no one else is going to." However, it's when we examine these scripts in greater detail and recognize the underlying message that we begin to understand their effect on our behavior that may be holding us back from our true potential, like it you work hard, the money will come. Well, yes, but this says nothing about finding your passion and doing what makes you feel alive and vital. The script is limiting by its design.

Money Isn't Logical

Money isn't logical, it's emotional. Money, or rather how we make and spend it, affects how we feel about ourselves, our self-worth, our partner or spouse, our place in society. In my work with wealth advisors and financial professionals, I impart a very unusual concept: Even those who are comfortable financially face emotions that can be limiting, and lead to resistance and other behaviors, when it comes to investing and planning for retirement, business succession and relationships with adult children.

Money is Transitional, but Deeply Embedded

We all face, and ultimately conquer, the money transitions in our lives, just like the life transitions we face, and many times, accompanying them. Let me share a short story with you: My parents divorced when I was 15; almost overnight my mom went from being pretty much comfortably middle-class to poverty level. Neither of us were prepared for the drastic changes that were to follow. Indeed, the standard of living for a divorced woman drops an average of 27%. What happened to us? We adapted, adjusted, modified, learned from our mistakes and we overcame these challenges. But ultimately, the fear and insecurity that money came to symbolize has had a lasting effect.

Money Mindfulness is Critical to You, Your Partner or Spouse and Your Children

Mindfulness is a state of being conscious and aware. Money mindfulness, being truly conscious and aware of how we make, spend and save our money means examining on a deeper level, the emotions, feelings and thoughts that affect that behavior. Establishing the foundation for a long, successful and connected relationship from dating to pre-marital coaching to the beginning years of marriage is our goal with these Intensives. A critical piece to your long-term success, both as an individual and as part of a couple, is your relationship with money: That is, your Financial Behavior and how you feel money should be earned, spent and saved. When your behavior is not in sync with your needs and goals, feelings of disconnect and loneliness can occur. In this area of specialty, I help you explore the internal messages and scripts that affect your very real day-to-day level of happiness and feelings of financial security. Please visit the link above for more information on my expertise in Financial Behavior and the Intensives I offer for individuals, couples, therapists and financial professionals.

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In 12 powerful sessions I can help you focus on your goals and everyone needs a muse now and then; I'll help you discover creative solutions to what's bothering you and break through obstacles and live your passion!
Do you find yourself:
  • Confused when presented with lots of advice and strategies?
  • Troubled by doubt and negative thoughts and letting them stop you in your tracks?
  • Resisting your own happiness by denying your passion?
  • Wasting time getting stuck?
  • Letting go of your dreams, some long-since buried?

I can help you:
  • Discover your personal learning style so you may process information easier
  • Learn to reframe negative thoughts and beliefs
  • Better define your "creative self" 
  • Channel your positive energy into movement towards your goals
  • Jump start your process of finding solutions to the challenges you're facing

Creativity is a concept, a way of approaching life that inspires you to look outside the box.  To find solutions that are borne from your passion for life and encourages you adapt to change, problem solve and create a life that's uniquely yours!

Are you resisting your own happiness?  Perhaps it's because you haven't found, or acknowledged, your passion!  We've all been witness to true passion: The athlete who has sacrificed daily for a body of pure performance. The writer who draws on her suffering to write eloquently of her pain so that others may find solace and gives true meaning to the saying "pain shared is pain lessened". The chef who builds a career around the emotional connect he has to his childhood and learning at the hands of a cherished grandmother.  When we witness this passion in others, we feel as if we are witness to something much higher than ourselves.

These similarities are the emotional connections, both to their passion as well as to us.  We feel privileged, even driven to tears at times, to be in the presence of such passion. 

Your passion isn't something you can ignore. It may lie dormant for years. You may try to resist the pull of your passion and find that it's to your own detriment. The inspiration that we draw from others who live their passion - and that feeling of guilt that washes over us when we are witness to others passion and the neglect of our own - those are feelings not easily ignored.

I don't really know what my passion is! you may find yourself thinking.  Oh, but I beg to differ; you do know your passion, all too well.  And you probably have felt the resistance that accompanies it.  

Creativity isn't just for artists and writers;
it's for all of us!

My training and expertise is in a methodology known as Solutions-Focused, which is pretty much as straight forward as it sounds. When applied to Creativity Coaching and Consulting, your vision for your life can crystallize and help bring clarity and focus to the changes you must make in order to make that vision a reality.

I'm a licensed therapist and consultant in private practice with clients in the US, Canada and across the globe. I offer you expertise gained over 16,000 client hours since graduating with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

When selecting me as your therapist, coach or consultant, you can be assured of exemplary care, compassion, and empathy. Together, we'll attend to your short and long-term goals in creating a customized treatment plan, allowing us to move ahead with purpose. I'm respectful of the fact that the work you're undertaking demands a fair amount of time, energy, funds and consistency and for that reason, I don't waste your time, or mine, in helping you attain your goals.

Contact me today for a
Free 20-Minute Consultation

During this free consultation, we'll have an opportunity to get to know one another. We'll discuss your goals and vision for your practice and see if we're a good match and how I might best be able to help you. My practice is concierge-style in that it's customized to meet your needs in the most expeditious manner and provide you access when you need.
Personal Coaching
  • 12-week hourly sessions OR
    Four-week, three hours intensives
  • 1-on-1 live, recorded calls
  • Weekly email support both during the Intensive and for an additional 30 days following
  • Written Synopsis and Homework following each session
  • $150 per hourly session
  • I invite you to consider PayPal Credit offering six (6) months, no payment, no interest 
  • A Quick-Start Blueprint
  • Detailed instructions and tools for specific to your situation
  • Psycho-education resources
  • Assessments as needed
Professional & 
Private Practice Consulting

We will integrate left-brain and right-brain creativity concepts designed to help you accomplish your professional goals quickly:
  • 12-week hourly sessions OR
    Four-week, three hours intensives
  • 1-on-1 live, recorded calls
  • Weekly email support both during the Intensive and for an additional 30 days following
  • Written Synopsis and Homework following each session
  • $175 per hourly session 
  • I invite you to consider PayPal Credit offering six (6) months, no payment, no interest 
  • A Quick-Start Blueprint
  • Detailed instructions and tools for specific to your situation
  • Psycho-education resources
  • Assessments as needed
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