Life Happens in Relationship
Teresa M. Walters, DTM, LMFT, LAC
Relationship Specialist and Authenticity Coach with a unique capacity for using her lived and clinical experience to connect with both the peer and the professional.
Teresa M. Walters is an accomplished presenter with a passion for instilling hope and helping others find relational health and wholeness.
In her easy speaking style, Teresa offers support and guidance to those seeking relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual wholeness.
Her ability to connect with her audience in a genuine, compassionate and straight forward manner about some of life’s most difficult subjects, highlight her belief that recovery and a rich, rewarding, and relationally whole life is a real and obtainable goal.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Addiction Counselor with over 23 years of lived experience and recovery, Teresa routinely uses the platform of relational wholeness to publicly speak about a variety of issues including:
- Long-term, Sustainable Recovery
- Disordered Eating
- Domestic Violence
- Self Harm
- Bowen Family Sytems Theory/Self Management
- Sexual Exploitation
Why does a therapist who specializes in relationships and familial systems choose to publicly speak about such powerful, stigmatized, and socially sensitive subjects?
Because… relationships are precisely where the difficult aspects of life happen.
Without exception, everything that happens in our lives is linked to either our relationship with Self, our relationship with Others or our relationship with God, as we understand God.
What better platform then…to address the challenging, frustrating and perplexing human behaviors and conditions that are birthed with the context of a relationship than one that lifts up and focuses on human interactions and the multiple systems to which we all belong?
Real Talk about Real Life
Self Harm, Disordered Eating, Suicide, Domestic Violence, Addiction, and Sexual Exploitation…are not easy topics to talk about.
Quite simply, they are not the kind of topics event planners research if they are attempting to motivate or entertain an audience with a light-hearted and inspirational presentation.
They are, however, topics that deeply resonate with those who either struggle with one of these issues or are attempting to support, educate or otherwise alleviate the pain of a client or loved one who is struggling with self injury, disordered eating, suicidal ideation, domestic violence and/or sexual exploitation.
For event planners…
who are interested in providing their audience with an honest, compassionate and skillfully delivered presentation, keynote or workshop, about some of life’s most difficult challenges, Teresa M. Walters is the perfect choice.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Systemic Consultant and Certified Recovery Specialist, with over 23 years of personal recovery and lived experience to draw from…Teresa is uniquely qualified to speak to the contemporary recovery issues of our day, educating those who are unfamiliar with her subject matter and validating those who have lived it.
Her ability to connect with both the peer and the professional assures that her presentations are solid, memorable, encouraging and relevant for anyone who desires a better understanding of how to support and facilitate relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual wholeness for one’s self or others.
Teresa’s genuine, compassionate and straight forward speaking style…insures that her audience’s experience will be one that is collaborative, connected and hopeful.
In an atmosphere of mutuality and trust, Teresa provides direction, information and encouragement not only the person seeking recovery but also the family member, friend or treating professional who seeks to aid in the recovery process.
Welcome and thank you for your interest.
If you are planning an informational, educational or inspirational event for healthcare professionals, a congregation, a community or group, you will find a list of my most requested presentations and topics below.
Please note that most of the presentations below can be structured as a keynote address, breakout session, workshop and/or assembly event.
All of the training sessions and workshops listed below are customizable and tailored to meet the need of your organization, group or church. If you have a special request or need, please feel free to contact me directly at
317.760.0604 …or connect through the BookMe link below.
Thank you for your interest and remember: There is Hope. Fundamental, Transformational, Internal, Paradigm Shifting Change and New Life is Possible!
Keeping it REAL
As a marriage and family therapist, I spend the majority of my time sitting with people who feel that their life is… less than what they may have hoped for. When relational issues, emotional instabilities, behaviors problems and spiritual confusion become the dominate narratives of life people seem to instinctually know to reach out to a compassionate, listening ear for help, especially if the issue is difficult to talk about or they fear how others might react or respond.
Helping people find the amazing life they always thought was possible is one of the best parts of what I do. It is also one of the most exciting aspects of developing and presenting workshops, keynotes and trainings that directly, honestly and compassionately help people have a REAL conversation about REAL issues. Helping people live a R (relationally healthy), E (emotionally stable), A (authentic), and balanced Life, is what I love to do most.
To Book for your next seminar, workshop, event or keynote click the link below or call direct at 317-760-0604
What does Real Talk About Real Life Mean?
When I was doing my own recovery work, I quickly learned that there were certain subjects that were off limits. Mental health and relational difficulties, it seems, are strictly divided into categories of acceptability. Meaning there are some subjects, behaviors and relational issues with which society is reasonably comfortable and willing to engage in conversation, and there are some subjects, behaviors and relational issues that are considered, bad, scary, sick and socially unacceptable and are therefore, not talked about in polite circles.
Wouldn’t you know it… most of my issues were of the later variety. The good news is that I did find recovery and what I consider transformative, relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual health. I no longer meet the criteria for any type of mental disorder and relationally, I function as a fairly well-rounded and emotionally healthy (dare I say differentiated) adult.
Now you know why I am perpetually telling my clients, my family and most anyone who will tolerate my enthusiasm, that There is Hope and Recovery is Possible.
Experientially, personally and professionally, I know that people find transformative, long-term and sustained recovery by honestly and openly talking about and embracing the realities of their life. When people full out – honestly, openly and willingly explore the relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues in their lives, they subsequently find a new and transformative way of life.
Real Talk About Real Life means dealing with life on life’s terms. Nothing is off limits. It is all fair game. Instead of keeping our secrets, our fears, our shame in the darkness we boldly and freely hold them up to the Light and allow the Light to dispel the darkness.
In an atmosphere of compassion and acceptance, we speak the unspeakable, name the unnamable and face the fearful things that keep us shrouded in the darkness of isolation and hopelessness. In the brilliance of the Light, the struggle ends, hope is restored and we emerge into a new way of being with ourselves, with others and with our Creator.
Topics & Presentations
Living the Life You Always Thought Was Possible
Disordered Eating, Process Addiction and Long-term, Sustainable Recovery
It is hard to deny America’s obsession with body shape and size. Just a quick check of the nearest pharmacy magazine rack will confirm our cultures insatiable appetite for information about weight loss, fitness and diet. As a society, we seem to strongly believe we are what we eat…or don’t eat. The resulting uptick in disordered eating patterns and addiction is anything but surprising.
Weighed in the Balance is a comprehensive workshop designed to expand the conversation about disordered eating and process addiction, encourage the collaborative efforts of peer and professional and highlight strategies for long-term, sustainable recovery.
Real Talk about Domestic Violence
Keep Calm and Mediate On:
A Primer in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Differentiation of Self for ADR professionals
As mediators, negotiators, and conflict resolution strategists, ADR professionals are routinely charged with the task of reducing conflict, facilitating cooperation, and encouraging productive communication between parties who have, more often than not, exhausted any ability for civility and mutually productive negotiation. And, as if that were not enough, they are additionally expected to guide these conflicted parties through the process of negotiating a mutually satisfying outcome while remaining calm, cool, collected, impartial and emotionally nonreactive. Quite a order when the typical ADR work environment is an emotionally charged, relational battlefield.
Keep Calm and Mediate On is a two-hour workshop designed to help ADR professionals understand the basic components of inter and intra personal relationships including how self management, is the building block upon which true neutrality and nonreactivity is built. Participants will be familiarized with the fundamental aspects of Bowen Theory while learning how to increase their ability to calmly and nonreactively guide the mediation process and reduce the anxiety and burnout potential of working with highly conflicted people.
Exploring the Link Between Self Directed Harm and Suicide
Exploring the REAL Key to Long-term, Sustainable Recovery
Speaking Into Existence That Which is Yet Unseen
A Personal Story of Life, Love and Transformation
Real Talk About Parental Alienation
Mitigating the Effects of Divorce on the Familial System Through Parenting Coordination
While much of the societal concerns about separating and divorcing couples tend to emphasize the needs, rights and responsibilities of the de-coupling partners, by far, the most overlooked, minimized, and deeply impacted victims of the marital disruption are the couple’s children. As voiceless and often un-consulted members of the familial system, children of divorcing parents rarely have the opportunity to exercise any form of personal agency during the process of marital separate or divorce. To a large extent, children of divorcing parents are left to manage, make sense of and come to grips with the tremendous loss of their family unit without substantial support or guidance.
Parenting coordination offers a ray of hope to the children of these dis-unionized couples who often do not recognize their inability to effectively parent their child(ren). In their distracted and emotionally wounded state, parents can easily fail to recognize the impact marital separation and the process of divorce has on their children. Through the parenting coordination process, parents have an opportunity to mitigate some of the damage their conflict has inflicted on the familial system and develop effective methods for establishing a more stable and safe relational atmosphere.
Real Talk About Nonsuicidal Self-Injury
Self Harm or Nonsuicidal Self Injury is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and taboo subjects facing the mental health community today. Cloaked in shame and stigma, those who suffer with self-injury often suffer alone, while those who strive to treat, love and support them languish in their own lack of understanding and accessible information. With precious few resources from which to glean insight…recovery becomes an elusive goal.
Cut to the Chase attempts to bridge the gap by providing practical guidelines and insights and encouraging candid, open discussion about the modern day epidemic we call self harm. Segments include Hitorical Perspective, Prevalence & Population, Myths & Methods, Do’s and Don’ts, Stigma, Hope, Health, Long-term, Sustainable Recovery.
A Community Conversation for Peers and Professionals About Self-Injury, Suicidality, Recovery and Living A Harmless Life
Self Injury or Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) is not an easy subject to talk about, or so we’ve been told. The truth is a lot of people are talking about self injury, they just aren’t talking to each other. Because self injury is such a highly stigmatized behavior, those who struggle with self injury often feel safer talking with peers, while those who strive to provide treatment and support tend to talk with other treating professionals. What we need is a way to bridge the gap and get everyone talking together.
As a licensed marriage and family therapy, assoc. and doctoral student with over 23 years of personal recovery, Teresa Walters is able to connect with both the peer and the professional who desires a better understanding of how to approach, support and facilitate long-term recovery from self injurious behavior. Her presentation, A Harmless Conversation, is designed to bridge the gap between the peer and the professional by encouraging honest and compassionate dialogue about the modern day epidemic of self injury.
At some level, we all know you just can’t fake recovery. Real recovery is a process that involves the whole person. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said in their working definition of recovery, Recovery is a holistic process that “encompasses an individual’s whole life including, mind, body, spirit and community.”
In short, it is not enough to simply change external behavior. Dressing up the outside, saying the right words, playing the part, carrying the big book, and attending meetings, is a bit like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Such efforts don’t really, change anything.
If you want true, long lasting, transformational, change and recovery, you must first, clean the inside of the cup. Which means, true recovery is more than external. In short, long-term, sustainable recovery is a internal work that produces an external benefit.
The key to long-term, sustainable recovery is a fundamental, transformational, internal, paradigm shifting change in the way one believes and thinks and perceives one’s self to be. Long-term, sustainable recovery is a process that must be birthed internally and then manifest in the external. The Key to Long-term, Sustainable Recovery is: A new way of thinking that becomes a new way of being.
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Teresa M Walters, DTM
Speaker, Writer, Relationship Specialist, Differentiation Coach, Spiritually Sensitive Psychotherapist