“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” -Maya Angelou
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist practicing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 2013. My educational background is diverse and multifaceted. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington as well as a minor in Criminal Justice. I went on to get my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University.
I work with clients from elementary age into middle adulthood. My areas of expertise are managing depression and anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality/LGBTQA, life changes, communication, personal exploration. I have completed additional continuing education on body inclusiveness, shame and resilience, complex trauma, and eating disorders. The methodologies used in my work include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and play/expressive therapies.
My practice as a therapist is shaped by my drive to provide client focused, evidenced based, and relationship oriented mental health care in a healing environment. Using communication as the foundation of the relationships I build with my clients, we work together to develop a therapeutic environment centered around meeting (and exceeding) their personalized mental health goals. Authenticity, collaboration, and bearing witness are the cornerstones of the how I structure the care I give. In addition to providing therapy, I strive to positively contribute to the lives of my client’s by accessing community resources, supporting the development of skills, and collaborating with families and other professional within the community in order to provide comprehensive care and aid in the development of support systems.
Outside of private practice I have also worked in community mental health in Pierce County. The client's I saw in this setting had needs in various areas including but not limited to: aggressive behaviors, elopement, juvenile justice involvement, self-harm behaviors, and suicidality. The goals of this position were centered around providing therapy for these youth in both the individual and family platforms. as well as addressing safety, diagnostic intakes, ensuring unity and stability of the individual and family unity, and improving mental health outcomes.
Alyssa is in-network with the following insurances:
Kaiser CORE and PPO, First Choice, Regence, Premera, Aetna, Cigna