professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

The pressure to grow up, to fit in, to act like it's all okay builds up until it has nowhere to go and that has led you here.

You may feel as if you are losing control, like you are on the outside looking in.

The relationships in your life—those with others and yourself—aren’t getting the attention they deserve, and you don’t know how to fix that.

Expectations to achieve are piling up and the thought of letting someone down overwhelms you.

But it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. With compassion and encouragement, we can develop a road map that aligns with your needs and wants.

Charlotte counseling and therapy - Tessa Martin

Hi, I'm Tessa.

I help teens and young adults navigate life’s curve balls and create their most authentic selves.

If you're here because...

  • Life feels like a weight on your chest that never gets lighter
  • The person you currently are is not the person you want to be
  • Negative thoughts are holding you back from forming lasting and meaningful relationships
  • The pressure of life decisions feels overwhelming and beyond your control
  • Your own high standards are preventing you from excelling

I can help you...

  • Take back control from your negative and irrational thoughts
  • Create an identity you are proud of and proud to show to others
  • Increase your self-confidence by examining and emphasizing what already makes you, you
  • Reframe your thoughts from negative and unproductive to positive and empowering
  • Break free of your perfectionist ideals and develop realistic boundaries

Areas of expertise:


Body Image   

Disordered Eating

Life Transitions

Self Esteem   

Social anxiety 



Teen Counseling


Types of therapy:

Individual Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

Solution-Focused Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What it's like to work with me

I am not here to simply understand; I listen and help you develop the skills and abilities to understand yourself more deeply and develop ways to deal with the struggles you face daily. My approach to therapy focuses not on individual events, but how we interpret these events. During therapy, you will learn to take a step back, focus on your strengths and what you can control, and integrate your thoughts, actions, and emotions.

I create safety and build rapport by showing up each session as the most authentic version of myself. I hope to create an environment you are excited to return to, an environment that brings calmness to your otherwise overwhelming life. Our space is made up of collaboration, patience, and growth and I serve as the guide.

Adult & Teen Therapy in Charlotte, NC

Off the clock

In my free time, you can find me exploring Charlotte and looking for the best bowl of pasta in the city! I’m a sucker for romance novels on my balcony on a sunny day!

Are you ready to break free from the weight that holds you back and build a life filled with authenticity, confidence, and meaningful connections? If so, I’d be honored to help. Click the button below to get started!

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