LCSW, MAC, LAC
Denver Center for SFBT’s founder, Teri Pichot, began her career as a psychotherapist 30 years ago. She has worked extensively with individuals, couples, and families distressed by many issues including chronic mental illness, substance misuse, and domestic violence. Teri received her Masters’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, and she went on to obtain licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in addition to achieving the highest level of both state and national certification as an addictions specialist. Teri is a Delta Society Pet Partner with her canine companion, Tazman, and she enjoys partnering with him to provide animal-assisted interventions to her clients. Pichot has designed and implemented innovative programs that utilize SFBT (with and without therapy dogs) with both adults and adolescents. Her solid reputation in the field was established when she transformed an outpatient, publicly funded substance abuse treatment program into one that became internationally recognized for its innovation and effectiveness with externally motivated, dual diagnosed clientele. She is also the founder of the Denver Center for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, where in addition to seeing clients, she provides international training and consultation to agencies and professionals. Teri specializes in demonstrating and teaching how this model can be used effectively with some of the most challenging problems that clinical professionals and agencies face while working within highly regulated systems. She has published numerous journal articles and five books (some of which have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and French), and enjoys working with professionals to help them discover how SFBT can be effective with “difficult” populations. Her passion is assisting others (clients and professionals alike) to see that change is not only possible but invigorating. Teri is well known for her energy, sense of humor, love of animals, and passion for her work. Her creative spirit, enthusiasm, and zest for change are contagious and are reflected in the therapists she trains and supervises.