Tessa Bensew, Ph.D.

Tessa Bensew
"Psychotherapy is a learning process. Most people seek therapy when they are suffering emotional pain and/or distress associated with life stresses. Therapy can help alleviate suffering by learning new skills and ways to manage life's challenges. But therapy can be more than that as well. It can involve a journey of self-exploration and personal development that allows one to grow and live life in a more satisfying way."

Doctorate: Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Internship: V.A. Medical Center and The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO
MA: Psychology (clinical), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
BA: Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Licensure: New Hampshire and New York

"During my twenty years of experience as a psychologist, I have had the privilege of sharing in the personal journeys of many people; adults, adolesents, and children. I remain impressed with the strength, courage and resilience each individual possesses and can call upon. Whether depression, anxiety, losses, life stressors or other issues present themselves, it is my privilege to be a part of the healing and growing process of psychotherapy. My practice is informed by the use of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation."

Clinical Experience:Community Mental Health: Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Denver, CO
Private Practice: Denver, CO
University Counseling Center: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Consultation: Numerous organizations; hospitals, schools, mental health and social service organizations

Teaching Experience:Psychological assessment and psychotherapy
Supervision of doctoral students

Other Training and Experience:Mediation Training, Mindfulness in Psychotherapy; Psychological Assessment; Meditation Training, Ethics

Areas of Interest:Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, life transitions, divorce adjustment for adults and children, women's issues

Professional AffiliationsMember: American Psychological Association,New Hampshire Psychological Association, National Register of Healthcare Providers in Psychology
Past Affiliations: Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody, Colorado Psychological Association; Ethics Committee (5 years)



"When one encounters emotional pain and distress, therapy can help in making changes to alleviate suffering. Working together with a therapist one can learn to overcome obstacles and make personal changes that can lead to a richer, more satisfying life."