Teresa

Teresa Pitt Green (nee Hartnett) is a practicing Catholic who was abused by a series of priests during her youth and teen years. She resettled in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, after a decade living in New York City working in publishing.

Teresa focuses on integrating faith into recovering from abuse or trauma and on promoting trauma-informed ministry, but she also publishes and promotes fellow survivors working to help others heal from the spiritual wounds of abuse..

Teresa is one of two founders of Spirit Fire, where she serves individuals, families and groups wounded by child and other abuse in a faith-setting. Spirit Fire publishes and promotes resources to advance similar healing and reconciliation.

For ten years Teresa served on a diocesan advisory board for implementing child protection and survivor outreach. She continues to provide trauma-informed services and projects for survivors, for loved ones who carry secondary trauma, and for priests, deacons, nuns and others supporting survivors and their families.

She also serves as lead on the Steering Committee for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Teresa’s audiences have included survivors, family members, ministries within several dioceses, as well as judges, attorneys, therapeutic care groups, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops conferences, and Saint Luke’s Institute.

Teresa recently closed her communications and publishing company which she founded in 1997, to devote all her time to Spirit Fire programs and resources, including publishing this magazine.


A SELECTION OF TERESA’S PUBLICATIONS 

BOOKS

Veronica’s Veil, with co-author Rev. Louis S. Fiorelli, OSFS

A workbook for spiritual companionship supporting adult survivors of child abuse. based on the authors’ workshops

Restoring Santuary

A chronicle of how others helped the author, who never abandoned her faith, to reconcile with the Church

TOP ARTICLE

Making Distinctions

The most requested and reprinted article: Recovery from child abuse can benefit from making distinctions between what was then – and what is now.

ALL OTHER

20+ free webinars, 20+ free articles, and other programs from Teresa may be found here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

YouTube Channel

@SpiritFireLive

Linked In

SELECTIONS FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORK

Special Report: The Reality of Teen Sex Trafficking in Northern Virginia

Investigation by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson (published in The Blue View, August 15, 2018)

Teen Sex Trafficking Hits Close to Home

PDF Local Paper  Article by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson (published in The Connection and 16 local papers, October, 4, 2018)

 


TERESA’S RECOMMENDATIONS

CONFERENCE

What is the Role of the Church in Mental Health?

Rick Warren and Bishop Kevin Vann introduce a conference on faith and mental health.

BOOK

The Purpose-Driven Life

by Rick Warren

POEMS

The Tyger

By William Blake

The Wasteland

By T. S. Eliot

SONG

Mercy from “The Ascension”

By Phil Wickham

TIP: MANAGING TRIGGERS

Care for an abused dog.

TIP: HOW TO SURVIVE

You’re reading this? You’ve already survived. Now, Go. Seek Beauty. Find Truth.

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