Gaia-Terza Tessel, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Specialties: Relationship issues, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, spiritual exploration, grief and loss, psychedelic and ceremonial integration

Services Offered: Individual, group, couples, psychedelic integration (individuals), psychedelic integration (groups), pre- and post-ritual counseling, trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, psychodynamic therapy, somatic therapy, relational and family therapy, mindfulness training

Sessions: Telehealth & In-person (Los Angeles, CA; Santa Fe, NM)



I am a Holistic Psychotherapist and plant spirit herbalist. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA (School of Public Policy and Social Research), with over 20 years in the clinical field. I am a graduate of The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education and founder of Allies in Alchemy, a healing arts project.

I have been a student of yoga and meditation for over 30 years and am teacher trained in both. I am a Reiki Master in the discipline of Usui Reiki; certification trained in the principles of Non-Violent Communication, and facilitator trained in Sacred Plant Medicine, Holistic Healing, and Traditional Herbalism. My somatic work is informed through my studies of Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, and Somatic Archeology.


How I work with clients

We are wounded in relationship and we heal in relationship. I support people to explore empowered self-curation and offer a safe and loving container that facilitates growth and healing as holy functions of nature when conditions are right and the person is ready. I believe recovery in any form is a sacred journey and help clients to become intentional cartographers, mapping their way to wholeness whilst collecting gems of wisdom and magic along the way.


Masters of Social Welfare (UCLA)


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#20099 California)


Somatic techniques, Usui Reiki Master, Breathwork Facilitator, Herbalist



Online Sessions


Location New Mexico, Santa Fe, California, Los Angeles

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