Since 1997, I have been working with youth inside and outside the foster care system. Many teens that have come my way have acted out emotionally, physically, or sexually in their biological homes or in residential care. They struggle with their identities personally, sexually, and spiritually. The one basic thing that all teens have is a courageous heart. Teens are good young people who are trying to navigate a world full of mixed messages, influences of social media, and things like drugs that promise to make the struggles go away.
My experience includes a Master's Degree of Social Work from the University of Utah and now, I fulfilled my dream with a doctorate too! For almost 20 years, I have worked in child and family services. Currently, I counsel the chronically ill on end of life decisions, work in researching how foster teens transition from foster care, and teach at a local university. I also have a small private practices where I consult parents and teens on how to best journey through tough problems like running away, teenage pregnancy, boundary setting, and rules in the home.
In my clinical practices and experiences, I have had the privilege of helping families overcome struggles with teens are struggling through issues of adolescence and mental health problems. Parents sometimes believe that they are the only parents going through tough with teens. I enjoy supporting parents in the journey as hard as it might be sometimes. Also, I have a passion for helping those navigating a new life in sobriety. Addiction recovery is one of the bravest things that I have seen people overcome and I like to help people stay on the path of recovery. All my clinical practice incorporates cognitive behaviors strategies with a very positive Rogerian approach. Those I treat will be treated with respect and clearly set boundaries.
I want to help others by starting to help them where they want to begin. I believe in my clients I help and I want them to be happy and successful. I can help my clients by setting goals, open communication and unconditional positive regard to help with hard life situations. I wish you the best on your journey and hope to have the chance to help you!
Dr. Terri Nicole Sawyer, LCSW
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression
LCSW #5748990-3501 (Expires: 2020-09-01)
LCSW #36177 (Expires: 2020-09-01)
LCSW #C-10433 (Expires: 2022-07-01)
LCSW #CW020010 (Expires: 2021-02-01)
LCSW #5656 (Expires: 2021-12-01)
LCSW #LCSW-18064 (Expires: 2021-08-01)
LCSW #SW16795 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
Dr. Sawyer is awesome! She's positive, constructive and fun!
Dr sawyer is an awesome counselor. She really listens and is the first to point out your growth and celebrate with you. She’s very responsive and encouraging.
I really think Dr. Sawer has helped me through a really difficult time in my life with the death of my sister in law. Not only am I working through the grief I'm learning how to be stronger in other aspects of my life.
LOVE Terri! Feel so blessed to have her input, suggestions, advice as I tackle my challenges. teen counseling is such a great way to get help! Genius!
Dr. Sawyer is a wonderful counselor and has been able to shed a new light on issues that I have had for nearly my whole life. By putting these things in a different perspective - one I never would have thought of - she has helped me see better ways to navigate these issues. This has improved my understanding of these issues which allows me to better handle them when they resurface throughout my life. My quality of life has improved thanks to her. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance.
Dr Sawyer is amazing and extremely knowledgable. She is always there when I need to talk.
She is literally the best! She gets back to me promptly, she knows me and my concerns, and she is a steady hand in these trying times!
I find Dr. Sawyer to reassure my thoughts when my thought pattern is correct and asks questions when I need to think deeper. She helps me use my own knowledge and thoughts along with her input to make wise decisions, whether I like what they are or not.
Dr. Sawyer is an amazing counselor. She is clearly committed to continued education so that she’s always relevant and understanding. She relates to me even though our cultures are different which means a lot to our counselor/client relationship. If you’re struggling with anything, you can rest assured that you’ll be helped if you work with Terri. She cares about her clients and she’s committed to helping them set and reach healthy goals. Even if it’s new to her, she’ll learn it - and quick. She finds ways to relate to you and make you comfortable if online therapy is new to you. Trust me, if you have Terri as your counselor, you’re already on your way to reaching your goal!
Terri is amazing!
Terri is simply amazing and is so excellent to work with. She takes the time to allow you to fully explain everything and is able to get to the bottom of the issue quite quickly. She is amazing at asking questions that make you truly question yourself and reflect on what's causing your feelings, without every making you feel judged or forcing her opinions or viewpoint on you. I couldn't have gotten any luckier to have been matched with Terri right off the get-go! I can't thank her enough!
Terri has been really great for what I need right now.
Dr Sawyer is very accommodating and sees that I get the timely help and caring insight I need. She's just simply great at helping me and giving me encouragement.
I have been speaking with Dr. Sawyer for almost two weeks now, and already I have made progress in issues that have been plaguing me for almost six months. I’m more confident in myself, and in my relationships. Dr. Sawyer is very gentle and understanding but is not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked while letting you decide what your answer will be. She keeps our faith at the center of our sessions, but still lets me talk about my issue in its entirety before asking about what I think the Bible says. As a young woman with major emotional and psychological scars, Dr. Sawyer is an amazing person to talk to. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a gentle, understanding ear with wisdom and kindness behind her words.
She is very understanding and respectful. She tries to help to the best of her ability. She is very knowledgeable and sweet.
Dr. Sawyer is thoughtful and compassionate. Our sessions are affirming and encouraging.
I know I don't always reach out when I should, but when I do, I always feel more complete. Dr. Sawyer has such a gentle way of getting her points across to where you don't feel attacked, but know the advice is for the best in the big picture. There hasn't been a day where I regret having her in my life.
She’s amazing and what she does. Truly listens and has very scientific as well as spiritual based knowledge to share with my problems. Highly recommend.
Terri is the most amazing counselor. I am so grateful for her. She is so thoughtful, caring, and skilled at what she does.
Dr. Sawyer is a very competent and understanding professional. She focuses on the important and pertinent areas to address. She is very positive and up-lifting. I highly recommend her!
Terri's a skilled, understanding, and empathetic professional who works with whatever situation you're dealing with- to find a solution.
Dr. Sawyer has helped me navigate and rise above my challenges, all with heart and humor.
Terri is wonderful. She cares for me as a person and responds in a timely manner.
Terri has been so helpful to me! My life is an evolution! She continues to see me through peeling back the layers of my issues and challenges. There are moments when I am unable to see things clearly and she asks me questions to help me think. I appreciate her!
She is very great about communication.
Terri cares about me and helps me see all my options. She responds to the point and has been a great person to help me through this.
Terri is awesome!
Terri Sawyer has helped me through so much. She supports me in all of my ambitions, supports my goals, and also helps me to set reasonable goals each week. I couldn't ask for a better counselor!
Terri has a wonderful sense of humor, relatable communication style and she’s very insightful. It’s been tremendously helpful so far to have her as a resource. The level of professionalism and expertise has helped my relationship grow and become more loving, appreciative and understanding.
Terri has a wonderful way of wanting the best in you while opening your eyes to new approaches and perspectives. She genuinely cares and I look forward to my continued growth.
Terri is awesome! She's very relatable.
She is very good!
I am in a season of my life where self-care is needed and I believe God provided the opportunity to work on teencounseling.com with Terri at the right time. I believe when I walk in faith, when I open my heart, when I set aside fears, and when I listen to wisdom that God's healing power moves quickly. Terri has understood me from the first post and has met me where I needed her and that is something I am very grateful for!
Great Counselor! She is there when you need her.
She is supportive and positive. And takes initiative to reach out to me. Thank you.
My counselor is so awesome! I feel so supported! She not only listens to my concerns, but helps me set goals and reminds me of how far I’ve come. I highly recommend Terri to everyone.
Terri is a great listener and has a wealth of relevant experience. She is attentive and cares about the success of her clients!
Terri has been a great help to me.
She is very understanding and never pushes an issue. She also finds ways to relate to the topic at hand and gives positive feedback.
Terri is always there for me whether it be in text or in chats. She is there to encourage me when I need it the most.
She has been so helpful during my divorce and helping me find who I am and want to be.
Terry is very good and easy to talk to and with. I would recommend her to anyone.
Terri is understanding yet real. She listens but helps you see the fallacies in the your beliefs and thinking. She won't let you continue to delude yourself, but always listens.
I highly recommend Terri! She has helped me work through many of my issues by listening to me and my needs. She responds to me in a manner that relates to me and that I can understand. I feel fortunate to have her as my counselor!
This is the best interaction we have found for our teen. I have spoke with several parents and shared the link. I am so glad we found her. My daughter is improving daily.
Terri has helped me turn my life around. She really got to my personal concerns and her recommendations and observations are spot on. I've had a few therapists. Terri is by far the best. I'm grateful for her and for our interactions. I am definitely on a better path because of Terri.
A patient and kind person offering valuable techniques that lead to a healthier and more fun life!! She's a gem!
Terri has been extremely helpful to overcoming obstacles I have struggled with in life. I have been with her for three months and have grown so much with her support and advise. You would be very lucky to have her in your life to discuss anything that is a concern to you or would like to change or improve on. I have told many friends about teen counseling and how it has changed my life for the better! Thank you Terri for helping me. I truly value our sessions and your support every day.
Very smart, available and responsive. Terri is a great support to my changes and never gives up on me even whrn i fail to respond to her. Glad to have her.
I am so grateful to have been matched with Terri Sawyer. I feel she completely understands the issue that brought me to counseling and has been so kind and understanding as I have been working through the reasons I am here. I like how she asks me the tough questions and doesn't pull any punches, there is no BS. She tells it like it is but in such a loving way. She has been instrumental in helping me and my family deal with a very painful issue and we are working on healing, and I could not see us ever getting there without her help.
I love working with Terri! She is so fun and understanding, like a second mom to me. She helps me celebrate every bit of progress I make and helps me take actionable steps to keep growing
Until a recent crisis where I was searching for immediate counseling, I had no idea that such an amazing and accessible service existed.
I filtered through the list of available counsellors and felt an immediate impression that I could connect with Terri Sawyer.
Her response time is always very quick, she has given me great new insights into my struggles and how to resolve them. Her approach is very personal and real, with no false pretense. Her authenticity in concern for helping me find success and healing in my journey allows me to be more authentic when discussing my concerns.
I really love the flexibility and being able to deal with counseling time to the various modalities that are available here. I’m also deeply grateful for teencounseling.com and Terri Sawyer.
Terri is amazing!! My only complaint is that she never takes a day off - she’s even checked on me on Christmas! Girlfriend, take a day off
Terri has created a safe space for me to discuss my feelings. There is no judgement. She always gets back to me when I need to share something... Those 3 things, a safe, judgment free zone, where I feel heard... are something I've never had before. I'm thankful I took a chance on teen counseling!
I have never participated in any formal counseling with a therapist before. Terri has made the process very inviting and has helped me tremendously in coping with a stressful situation that I’m going through. She has made it very easy to talk about current and past difficult events in my life and given me practice tools for coping with the issue facing me.
Terri has been such a big help and listens to me and tries to suggest ways to help me deal with my personal issues with myself and my relationships with others. Although I can’t wait for the day I no longer need help with my personal issues, I am very glad she is my counselor.
Working with Terri has been great! She's giving me tools to navigate my issues and is there to listen and troubleshoot with me. I can't wait to see what else is in store as I continue my counseling.
Terri is very knowledgeable and in-tune with our needs as a couple.
Terri is AMAZING! :)
I highly recommend Terri. She’s funny to break the ice and respectfully serious when she needs to be. I’m just a few sessions I’ve seen great improvement.
Terri has been awesome to work with. I am just getting started with counseling but she has been very caring and attentive.
I've been talking to Terri for about a year now. I think I needed someone to talk to after I had finished my grief counseling after my husband's death. I tried on my own for about 18 months, but found I was slipping back into depression. I hadn't tried online counseling and was a bit leary, but really seemed to click with Terri from the start. We share an interest in troubled youth, in particular those who fall through the cracks. That helped me relate to her as a former foster child myself. She is available, kind, good sense of humor (we all need that!), listens, shares and seems to understand no matter what I share!! Her empathy and compassion have been so supportive. It's a little bit like talking to my husband. I'm very glad I took the chance.
Terri is an excellent counselor and person. She always sends me a message, even when I forget to log-in and message her back. She definitely understands what I'm going through and has offered excellent solutions, tricks, and techniques that have been very successful. I'm much better off today than I was when I first began meeting with Terri.
I had seen a couple of therapists previously prior to connecting with Terri...and I had just about given up on the idea that therapy could really help me. Enter Terri. She has been fantastic and just what I needed. Open minded, thoughtful and caring, she has really helped me without being overbearing. I also appreciate her upbeat attitude and the fact that she doesn't take herself too seriously. Oh, and she knows her stuff. Great background that has helped with my wide variety of issues anyway :).
Terri is always warm and cheerful and I look forward to our sessions together.
This is my second time using this kind of service. The other company and counselor were terrible. teen counseling and Terri have made my life better and I am grateful.
Totally amazing. She has helped me in so many ways in just a short period of time. Always has a way to look at something from a different perspective than I can see. Her help is allowing me to realize that which I could not and its allowing for me to make the changes I've wanted to for so long but was unsure in what way to do so.
Amazing, she is smart and has a style of helping everybody. It's so nice to talk to her and not feel judged.
Terri is very personable and relates well to me. I feel comfortable talking to her and I have had really bad experiences with counseling in the past, but I feel really comfortable talking with her.
Terri is WONDERFUL. Very responsive and knowledgeable. I've been with her just a couple weeks and already I've made huge progress and feel much better.
Terri has been absolutely lovely in pushing me to come to terms with my abuse and walking me through my emotions and finding peace in my past. Thank you for your help!
I love her. She is supportive,cheerful, and helpful. I'd recommend her to anyone.
Terri has been extremely helpful in assisting me in gaining perspective on my depression. I'm making great strides to bring in control again.
Terri has really helped me through a rough patch. I felt like I was drowning and didn't know who to turn to for help. Having her as a resource whenever I needed guidance and understanding has made all the difference. I would highly recommend her.
Teri has been very responsive and helpful to my unique situation. She has helped me with a number of things in a short period of time. She keeps things relevant and never makes me feel awkward about any of our conversations.
Terri listens to me and understands my needs. She provides the proper tools for my personal success. Very motivating too!
She is the bomb diggity! I have really liked that we have been able to connect on some real life issues and beliefs that help me to relate to her as a person and on a real level.
Terri truly takes her work seriously, is very responsive, great listener, and very supportive - so happy to work with her!
Having the option to write to Terri, share what is currently going on in my life and get help throughout the day is invaluable. Thank you, Terri!
Terri has been wonderful. She is very quick in responding in positive and supportive ways. When we don't write for a while, she will write to us, asking how things are. She's also very accommodating with the live session schedule.
Terri is fantastic, she has been helping me work through the issues that brought me here. I would highly recommend Terri to anyone looking for a counselor. 5/5 stars.
Terri is fantastic and has quickly become one of my good friends! I feel like I can turn to her for anything! She has helped me work through some of my anxiety and has really changed my life! I love her!!
Terri is wonderful. She is cheerful and supportive, but never makes me feel overwhelmed. She has realistic, positive solutions to my issues.
Terri has helped me so much. She listens, she doesn't judge and she reaches out to you if you start to withdraw. She cares! 6 months ago I was barely eating, rarely showering, never leaving my house, and my relationship was falling apart. I still have a lot of work to do but I'm now pushing myself to go to the gym at least once a week, I'm eating better and taking care of myself better, I'm working on my artwork again and the tension in my relationship has reduced dramatically. I would recommend her to anyone seeking therapy!
Terri does great with listening and understanding your concerns.
She has addressed my concerns and helping me to consider issues in different ways
Responds in a very timely manner and let's her clients know if shes going out of town or not going to be able to respond for a while. She really likes to know how things are going and what you've been up to. She remembers little things and asks about them every once in a while.
Love her. She is always checking up on me and helping me out and always so supportive no matter what kind of day I am having!
Terri has been such an angel in my healing experience. She has been patient and kind and I've really appreciated her expertise. Thank you so much Terri!
I am happy I got partnered up with Terri!! She is so kind and caring and easy to talk to :) She listens and helps out with useful advice. She is also supportive and encouraging, which is something I really needed during my difficult time. I am happy so far with Terri!!
I really have appreciated the consistent & helpful responses from Terri. I am definitely getting things out and actioned and just sorting thru things productively that I wasn't able to do before teen counseling & Terri. Def recommend Terri.
Terri is a wonderful counselor - attentive, kind, understanding, I recommend her to anyone using teen counseling.
I've spent the last 8-10 years of my life. (I'm 27 now and have been searching for quality mental help since I was about 18) I can't believe it took me this long to find Terri. She is the type of therapist that suits me perfectly. She is the first medical professional to listen to me, understand me, and work to move forward. EVERYONE else. Passed me along. My best guess is that I've held it together for so long they didn't believe I needed the help. Terri is the first one to actually offer some and I really appreciate it. Life saving honestly.
I always had a hard time going to therapist. I was uncomfortable with the thought of doing therapy again. Terri made me feel comfortable right away. I feel like I could trust her and open up. She is helping me heal on my journey.
Terri is being a great help for me. It's exactly what I needed. Although we come from two very different backgrounds, she almost immediately understood me and I felt I was talking to myself.
Terri is so amazing! She is so understanding and easy to talk to. I was able to open up to her right away about my problems and she was excited to help me and get me where I wanted to be.
Terri is really supportive. She goes out of her way to create a safe space for me to have brave conversations with her and to understand my experiences better through an educational approach. I am so grateful for her light, I definitely feel as though she wants to walk with me during this road to healing. Thank you so much Terri!
Terri has helped me so much in the short time we’ve been talking.
Terri is a fantastic therapist. She helped me in so many ways that I have no words to express my gratitude. She is friendly and helpful and is always there for you even in the darkest of hours. Thank you Terri!
Terri is an amazing counselor. I feel so comfortable talking to her and she helps me figure out solutions to my problems in a kind way. Terri is SUPER timely in getting back to me.
In my experience I've been MIA for a couple of days & I would receive a text messages constantly reminding me that my counsellor (Terri Sawyer) has sent a message. That's when I know there is someone I could talk to. I hold on to hope that I will would be able to work through the issues in my life with Terri coaching along the way. Thanks Terri for not giving up on me. God Bless
Terri is a fabulous counselor! She has helped me so much over the past few months and has such specific, useful advice. I feel I can talk to her about anything and that she’s always there for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with transitions and self-identity.
I would strongly recommend Terri to anyone else that needs counseling.
Terri is very professional, caring, polite, curious and most of all very helpful. She is helping us with our problem areas and I would strongly recommend her to anyone that need someone to talk to.
Terri is just wonderful! She treats me like a friend but also a therapist at the same time. When I talk to her, it's like I'm talking to a friend. I don't generally like to "burden" my friends with my struggles because I just feel like that 's not really ok. But with Terri, I feel like she responds to me the way I would expect my friend to but also helps me with my struggles. She is wonderful.
She was there for me when I needed her. She was positive and helpful.
Terri is sharp and empathetic. I appreciate her time and council.
Terri is understanding and curious without being judgmental, and takes concerns seriously. She is an amazing support base.
Terri has been a WONDERFUL counselor! She's always available and answers quickly but she also is not overbearing when it comes to communication but rather sends occasional messages that she's always available when you're ready to talk. 10/10
Terri Sawyer is a lifesaver! Great listener and gives great advice or ideas to learn and improve myself.
It has been a positive experience.
Its so nice to have someone completely non-judgmental to talk to. Terri is great and I feel like she is helping me make goals to help me overcome my issues.
At the beginning of therapy I was lost, and I hated the world. I definitely do not hate the world anymore, I smile all the time now and I’m not angry. Terri has helped me so much to take all my bad experiences and turn them into something good.
Terri was helping me for almost 3 months. I am so grateful that I got Terri as my counselor, she helped me when I needed it the most. Terri is very kind and supportive, it's been a pleasure trusting her and talking with her.
Terri is fantastic and has helped me SO much during some of the most emotionally stressful times in my life. I highly recommend her!
Thanks Terri for being here for me. I am going through separation but you are my best friend. I love talking because you give me comfort.
Terri has helped me so much! All her tools and suggestions are really helpful. She is supportive and kind. I feel like talking to a friend. Thank you so much for guiding me!
Terri is an amazing counselor! She is always available and so kind and helpful.
I love her! She has helped my so much by really listening to me and helping me solve my problems. No matter how little or big they are. She has also given me tools to get past major and little things when she can’t respond to me.
In my sessions with Terri.....I have found her to be a wonderful listener and to grasp the meaning of what I hope to obtain in our work together. She will challenge you and make you think beyond the box and I highly recommend her professional services!!!
Terri is awesome. I lost my wife very un-expectedly and she has been responsive, empathetic and encouraging through this experience. She has really allowed me to process, learn and grow.
Terri is a great therapist and a lovely human being with tremendous compassion and empathy. Highly recommended.
Terri has been amazing!! I feel like she has been right by my side through my hard time. I trust what she is telling me and I feel like she speaks my language. She is so great at being able to reach me and help me understand how and why I'm feeling this way. Thank you Terri.
Terri is an amazing! I think about her everyday and even though I haven't been able chat with her. She did help me in a short amount of time tons! I recommend highly of her.
This is the perfect fit for me right now. I have been surprised and pleased every step of the way. :)
Terry is amazing. I have not participated in therapy this far and haven't sent her info requested or responded. But that didn't stop Terri from reaching out to me frequently even if it was to drop a line to say hello and check on me or send me an article or a thought that was relevant to what I was going through. It felt like a friend reaching out to me when I needed it. I am now ready to begin therapy and start healing, and without Terri and her patience I wouldn't be doing it. Thank you Terri!
Terri is extremely open-minded and knowledgeable about my needs. It seems she truly cares!
Terri has been an amazing therapist and helped us a lot. I would highly recommend her to friends and family!
Terri is amazing. She listens and always gets me to laugh when I can't smile. She gives you enough space but also pushes you. I'm extremely impressed by her.
Terri is terrific! She listens well without judging and helps me to reduce my stress and find some peace!
Terri is an amazing counselor, our first session was just great it was as if she knew me forever. She shows that she cares and she is all around amazing and so kind. Love her dearly.
If you want to feel like you're working with someone who cares like a friend, I'd recommend Terri. She isn't passively there and offering answers only when you send an inquiry. Terri is responsive and actively looking to keep the flow of communication open. She has thoughtfully contacted me to follow up, or offer a call when I haven't responded for a few days. This helps me to focus on making progress with what we've discussed.
Terri is awesome, I was struggling to stay committed to my counseling but she very consistent about letting me know she was there for me.
Terri has helped me by processing the best way to cope and help my father. It was very important to talk to someone who cared and provided effective empathy and alliance. Thank you for what you have done. I recommend Terri very much to help with secondary trauma and feelings of anxiety.
I loved Terri and wish that medicare paid for more help with her. I went with what they would help cover! I'm sorry!
Terri is awesome! I am so thankful to have her as my therapist! She in constant communication and always challenging you to think about things in a different fashion. What a great therapist! Thanks, Terri!
Terri is the most understanding and supportive person I have ever spoken with. She makes me feel like I've known her for years which makes it so easy to open up and speak honestly with her. She has been the biggest support through a very tough time. An amazing lady who is great at what she does!
Terri has a compassionate and skilled approach to therapy.