Creative Ways Therapists

Teresa Arene, LICSW, LCSW-C

Originally from El Salvador, Teresa immigrated to the US in 1981. After working for several years in the field of immigration law with a DC firm, Teresa obtained her MSW in 1991 from Howard University. For the subsequent ten years, she served as a Social Worker conducting play therapy in an elementary school in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of DC.

In 2004, Teresa co-founded Creative Ways Therapy to continue her passion of serving DC’s Latino children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her therapeutic work focuses particularly on the dynamics of reunified immigrant families, and the challenges inherent to this population. Her clinical work is strongly rooted in strengths-based psychodynamic and family systems modalities.

Teresa is a well-respected bi-lingual therapist and advocate for comprehensive and accessible mental health services throughout DC’s diverse community. She is often called upon to provide consultations, court testimonies, and speaking engagements. Through personal and professional experience, Teresa has brought guidance and support to agencies striving to meet the unique needs of first, second, and third generation Latino immigrants.

Donna Geraci, LICSW

Donna is originally from upstate NY and has resided in the DC area for nearly 30 years. She received her MSW in 1991 from Howard University, where her academic concentration was in clinical services to children and families.

As Creative Ways’ co-owner and clinician, Donna is particularly interested and experienced in the dynamics of trauma and the healing process. She believes strongly in the transformative powers of mindfulness, play, and sand-tray therapies, and appreciates the comfort that these modalities bring to her child, adolescent, and adult clients.

Throughout her career, Donna has supervised and trained many social workers, child welfare professionals, and mental health clinicians, and collaborated with many individuals and agencies to strengthen DC’s challenged communities.