Tessa Gittleman, MA, LAMFT

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Before entering the mental health field...

I earned a Bachelor's of Communications, focusing on oral presentations and new business development, from Boston University. My degree was the last ingredient required for promising career in food media, thanks to a series of amazing internships alongside hometown-hero, Andrew Zimmern, and his Bizarre World. However, shortly after graduating, I found out I had a series of medical conditions that would prevent me from the career track I had been working my whole life towards. 

The final diagnoses could have been a crushing blow. Instead, I felt grateful to finally understand myself and my body. I had experienced medical anomalies throughout my life, but no one took them seriously. I repeatedly dislocated appendages doing simple tasks, tore my meniscus playing ping-pong, and started having anaphylaxis to foods I had eaten only days prior. Unfortunately, these symptoms were explained away, or entirely dismissed, by doctors and therapists. If I were in pain and tired, I was depressed. If I broke out in hives, I was anxious. If I got an injury, I was attention seeking or self-harming. No matter what I did, I felt overlooked, hopeless, and like I was not an authority on my own experiences.

I decided to become a therapist because I was so disappointed in the care I had received... 

I was taken to see specialists; individuals highly regarded in the field and community, even to this day. Still, I would leave feeling worse than when I walked in. I felt as if I was failing at therapy. The more I started talking about how much therapy hurt, the more I learned that my experience was not even remotely unique. Regardless of race, class, gender, or issue, I started to realize that finding a therapist who fits you is a profoundly difficult task (on top of whatever you are dealing with that made you want to pursue therapy in the first place). My goal became to never make anyone feel the way I had. Even if I wasn't the right fit, I would help others to find the right person for them. 

Prior to joining The Calli Institute, my professional experiences with mental health spanned over five years, working at schools, group homes, and with incarcerated populations. Most recently, I spent the 2016-2017 school year at Edison High School, where I provided individual, family, and group therapy to students of north and north east Minneapolis. I received my Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University, and became a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in 2017. I am currently working towards full licensure under the supervision of Cathy Malmon, LICSW, LMFT.

When not working, I enjoy reading, television, movies, cooking, being around my family of choice, and spending time with my puppy, Teddy Bear.  

Internal Family Systems


Average session cost is $150
Sliding Scale Available
Insurance accepted: BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, HealthPartners, Medicaid/MA, PreferredOne, UCare

The Calli Institute
11334 86th Ave N
Maple Grove, MN 55369

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Maple Grove MN