Terri, an LMSW and certified school social worker, graduated with Honors from Hunter College School of Social Work in 2002. While there, she was a case work major and group work minor and won a Helena Rubenstein Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence.
Terri is also a motivational speaker, director, performer, educator, writer and life coach. She is the writer/performer of Anatomy of a Doll, a one-woman show she has performed since 1998 at theatres, conferences, universities and high schools throughout the US and Canada. The show received “Best Theatre-Pick of the Week” from The Daily News.
Terri has worked extensively with addiction and abuse populations, as well as teenagers of diverse backgrounds. She frequently synthesizes her love for theatre and writing with her passion for counseling by utilizing drama/poetry therapy to teach, instruct, and heal.
With the Bergen County Division of Family Guidance in New Jersey, Terri worked with a teen drama group that traveled to community centers and high schools, using improv to highlight challenging issues faced by adolescents and young adults.
At Girlspace in East Harlem, a social and educational after school program for adolescent girls, Terri displayed her uncommon therapeutic versatility by, in addition to tutoring and providing individual and group counseling, running a theatre group, writing group, bereavement group and self-defense group for the girls.
For the past seven years, Terri has taught a course at Rutgers University’s Social Work Continuing Education Program entitled “Youth Development through the Written Arts.” This professional workshop addresses the therapeutic uses of writing when working with teens.
Terri has also been a keynote speaker at numerous incest awareness conferences throughout the United States.