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Teresa is the owner of Rising Strength Therapy. She graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Utah and received a graduate certificate in Leadership, Justice & Community Practice. She is passionate about social justice and puts effort into practicing culturally informed and affirming care. 


When Teresa is not working, she is trying to practice what she advises her clients: self-care and self-compassion. She enjoys being active, being in the outdoors, and exercises by running, kickboxing, dancing, and strength-training. Teresa loves spending time with her family, friends, dogs and cats, and enjoying hobbies such as photography, building puzzles, reading, and seeking further education. She finds peace and joy at the beach.


Elliot graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Utah. As a disabled veteran, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and a half-Hispanic individual, Elliot understands the challenges that underrepresented and oppressed communities face.

When Elliot is not working he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his animals. Elliot enjoys reading, hiking with his dog, Jake, and road cycling throughout northern and southern Utah.

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Meet Teresa Madsen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Meet Elliot Camarillo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

I am a passionate supporter of the VFW, Veterans for Peace, mental health, equity and equality for all genders’ and anti-racism. I believe nothing can stop people who are determined to make changes in their lives and are given the tools to do it.

As a veteran and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have enjoyed working with many different communities including the transgender community and I have a passion for helping both adolescents and adults during their journey through overcoming addiction, depression, anxiety, and healing from trauma and PTSD.

I believe in the strength of an individual and understand sometimes abilities can be difficult to see in times of distress. Through the use of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, I offer support to those on their journey of healing.


My goal is for you to feel empowered in knowledge of yourself and in practices that you find foster your own personal strength and growth. I believe in a strength-based and person-centered approach, offering a space free of judgment.

Why Dragonflies?

Rising Strength Therapy uses dragonflies in the logo because they represent and symbolize so much of what we believe the therapeutic process is about. Dragonflies signify hope, transformation, resiliency, transparency, flexibility, reflection, and many other powerful traits. If you desire change in your life, for whatever reason, you will experience at least some of these attributes going through therapy.


Dragonflies also represent empowerment. While Rising Strength Therapy will support you through your journey, our goal is for you to feel empowered through the process and that your strength has risen allowing you to take flight.

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