Corina Teofilo Mattson
Even in my earliest childhood memories, I recall looking for opportunities to know people in a deep and meaningful way. I remember interviewing my grandma, who lived with us, when I was about seven years old. Using a tape recorder, I asked my grandma to tell me about her life in Italy prior to immigrating to America. My fascination with culture, relationships, identity, and intersections led me to travel, volunteer, and study abroad.
As I have grown, I have sustained that interest in people, relationships, culture, identity, and particularly the intersection of the four. The experience of learning about my grandma, and her life in Italy, got me wondering about the ways that culture impacts our choices, relationships, identities, and our paths in life. This question is one that I find myself asking often.
In my work as a therapist I attempt to support Individuals, Couples, and Families in navigating these intersections within one’s self and within relationships. I work to support people in living a life that is experienced as healthy and connected, with few self-judgments.
I work with individuals, couples, and families (which can include multiple generations in the room at one time). While therapy may start out with one person attending, it is often useful to include other members of the family or support system as a way to increase the likelihood of achieving the goals that the individual, couple, or family is working towards. The system of people participating in therapy work together to create goals for our work.