Terry's career in the field of social services began in 1991 when she assisted victims of domestic violence and their children at a local battered women's shelter in Los Angeles. Thereafter, she worked at a residential facility with court-ordered adolescentswith a range of behavioral and psychological disorders. Subsequently, she treated adults, adolescents and the elderly at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, in-patient and out-patient, where she received awards for excellence. She has counseled staff and faculty at USC's Employee Assistance Program. She has also served as a Field Instructor for UCLA, USC and Antioch University, supervisinggraduate students in their field placements. She was the recipient of the Master Field Instructor Award. As part-time faculty, Terry has served as a Field Liaison and Academic Advisor to USC School of Social Work's graduate students and now teaches at the graduate level. She also served as the Regional Clinical DirectoratAegis Medical Systems,amethadone clinic treating opiate dependency, where she provided supervision and training on a range of clinical issues. Terry has had the role of Adjunct Professor at Ryokan College, a graduate program in Psychology. She has lectured on a range of clinical disorders and participated in the development of a variety of clinical programs. In addition to her private practice, Terry also held the position of Clinical Director of TheACY, a grief support program for children and adults. She served on Didi Hirsch's Survivors After Suicide Advisory Board and facilitates support groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. She has also provided critical incident stress debriefings to organizations who have lost employees to suicide. As an EMDR-certified therapist, she works with those who have suffered trauma, as well as other therapists seeking consultation for their practices.
Terry received her undergraduate degree from Antioch University in Marina del Rey, CA. Thereafter, she received a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with Honors. As a USC Field Instructor, she was awarded the Master Field Instructor Award. Terry continues to serve as Adjunct Faculty at USC's graduate School of Social Work. Terry holds a certificate in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, where she ranked in the top 5% nationwide. She has been certified as an EMDR practitioner by EMDRIA.