Teresa Eakman PhD, LPCC, LADC

Field Experience Coordinator, Full-Time Faculty, Student Advisor

A critical thinker and instructor utilizing Knowles' assumptions of Andragogy while setting the stage for multicultural safety and exploration, I am a constructivist instructor using students prior knowledge and experience as scaffolding to  transformative learning in students through incorporation of balance and imbalance and a variety of learning methods for best possible outcomes.

As a dually licensed practitioner (LADC/LPCC) in the field for 20 years, I have been in many roles and varied program types and intensities, which can be a rich resource.  I have been witness to the history of how we (the field) have traditionally treated addictions, moving towards the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and most currently landing on epigenetics and trauma on the brain as causation, through the lens of a practitioner, researcher and educator.  We have come a long way from treatment of addiction as a peer-led program.  

My goals for students at Adler are to have disseminated the most cutting-edge, current information available from which to learn; To challenge them to think critically about what they "know," where it came from, and if it's true as a way to both look internally as critical self-reflection, as well as teach it and/or utilize it with their clients; To begin or maintain the process of learning how to balance the life tasks now and in internship as a means of avoiding compassion fatigue and burnout; The underpinnings of these goals are for students to be the best counselors they can be given their education in life, in school, and in practice.



PhD in Adult and Online Education from Capella University, 2017

MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, 2004

BA in Human Services/Chemical Dependency Counseling from Metropolitan State University, 2001

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Professional Membership: 
  • LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) from the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
  • CADC-R (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Reciprocal) from The MN Certification Board of International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Member of NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professional
Professional Practice: 

LADC since 2001; LPCC since 2004

Select Publications: 
  • Eakman, T. (2017) Education Level and Critical Thinking Skills Among Substance Use Counselors Nationwide: A Descriptive Comparative Study (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation) Link: https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/pqdtopen/doc/1972061341.html?FMT=ABS
  • Eakman, T. (2003) One & the Same: Connecting Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Candidiasis & Immune System Dysfunction: Trafford Publishing


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Areas of Interest: 

Families with Addiction Issues, Spirituality, Systemic Health and Intentionality

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

It’s a very welcoming, intimate, encouraging, empowering environment.