Teresa M. Walters


Teresa is a co-founder and clinical director of a relationally based private counseling, conciliation, and consulting practice located in Plainfield, IN.  She is well-known for her love of relational wholeness and her ability to speak candidly about some of life most difficult subjects.  Some of her more popular topics include relational health, couplehood, marriage and remarriage preparation, process addictions, and symbiotic leadership.

Life Happens in Relationship

Teresa M. Walters, DTM, LMFT, LAC

Speaker, Writer, Relationship Specialist and Consultant, with a unique ability to speak candidly about some of life’s most difficult subject.

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 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 nearly 30 years of life recovery and lived experience, Teresa routinely uses the platform of relational wholeness to publicly speak about a variety of issues including

  • Marital and ReMarriage Preparation
  • Mental Well-being
  • Process Addiction including Disordered Eating and Self-harm
  • Suicidality and Restored Hope
  • Familial Violence and Partner Abuse
  • Parental Alienation

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?

Give it to me Straight png

Candid conversations about what matters most…to you.

Marital Disconnection, Divorce, Disordered Eating, Addiction, Domestic Violence, Self-harming Behaviors, ReMarriage, Blended Family Dynamics, Parental Alienation and Suicidality 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 emotional and relational pain of a client or loved one who is struggling with process addictions, suicidality, divorce, remarriage, blended family dynamics or parental alienation. 

For event planners…microphone

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, Co-parenting and Marital Conciliator, with nearly 30 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 M. Walters Speaker 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 to regain their health, but also the family member, friend or treating professional who seeks to aid in the recovery process.

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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!


Give it to me Straight

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 candid conversations about what matters most.

Give it to me Straight…candid conversations about what matters most…to you.  Join the conversation @ Teresa’s YouTube channel


 To Book for your next seminar, workshop, event or keynote click the link below or call direct at 317-760-0604

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Give it to me Straight.

Join the conversation today @ Teresa’s YouTube Channel 

Candid conversations about what matters most…to you.

When I was doing my own therapy “work”, I quickly learned that there were certain subjects that were off limits. Some subjects that people really didn’t want to talk about.  And wouldn’t you know it, the things I wanted and needed to talk about were precisely the things that were not up for discussion.  Now…on the other side of recovery…dare I say firmly planted in my healing… I take great pleasure in opening up space for people to talk about the subjects that matter to them.  No holds bared.  If it’s important to you…its important to me.

So, give it to me straight.  Open the conversation.  Let’s talk about all of those uncomfortable scary and often taboo subjects that society considers socially unacceptable or inappropriate.  You see, I’ve learned that talking about these subjects takes away their power.  Bringing them out into the light sets you free to deal with, talk through, explore, resolve and get on with life.

It is possible to live a relationally, emotionally, behavioral and spiritually rich and exciting life.  If you are willing to candidly and honestly have the conversations that need to be had about the subjects that need to be discussed.

Experientially, personally and professionally, I know that people find transformative, long-term, health, wholeness and healing 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.

Give it to me Straight 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

Happy Healthy Whole

Living the Life You Always Thought Was Possible

Bowen Family Systems Theory

Keep Calm and Mediate On:

A Primer in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Differentiation of Self for ADR professionals

Descriptive Narrative:

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.

Living AS IF

Speaking Into Existence That Which is Yet Unseen

For the Love of a Brother

A Personal Story of Life, Love and Transformation

a harmless conversation

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.

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Teresa M Walters, DTM

Speaker, Writer, Relationship Specialist, Marital Conciliator, Consultant, and Spiritually Sensitive Psychotherapist

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