Who I Am

Hi, I’m Alyssa. [I should tell you before we meet that although my name is spelled A-l-y-s-s-a, it’s pronounced “Alicia.” Think Alicia Keys.]

I’m a psychotherapist. If I had lived in a different place or time, my job title might have been slightly different, but I know I was born to be some type of healer.

I'm an introvert. Our society idealizes extraverts—outspoken, gregarious ‘go-getters’. Growing up, I got the message that my quietness was some sort of defect to overcome, that I needed to “come out of my shell.” For many years, I felt less-than and I tried to ‘pass’ as an extrovert; it was exhausting.

I slowly began to accept my true nature and stopped being apologetic about who I am. I am reserved, but not timid or shy. Soft-spoken, but assertive. I discovered these nuanced, delightful paradoxes and I came to embrace my quiet power. I want the same for you—to embrace your so-called imperfections and realize that they may just be untapped strengths.

I want to live in a world where women (and men, and non-binary individuals) spend less time beating themselves up and trying to shrink, and more time sharing their gifts, speaking their minds, and making this planet a better place.

I believe that people, especially you, deserve to live a fulfilling, authentic life—one that doesn’t feel like settling.

What I Do

I help people who long to feel at peace but are immobilized by anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. I support them in dismantling the beliefs that keep them scared and small, so that they can approach whatever life throws their way with confidence and ease.

How do I do this? I provide clients with a safe environment to process their feelings, past hurts, dysfunctional patterns, and whatever else is getting in the way of them living their best life.

I teach them skills to cope with life’s challenges and new ways of thinking that make the pain less painful.

Along the way, I help them uncover their strengths and lean into their natural wisdom, until they feel confident to do the rest of the healing on their own. I don’t foster dependency; therapy is an exquisite tool, but it shouldn’t last forever.

 
A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.
— Maryam Hasnaa
 

Why Work with Me?

I know from 8 fulfilling years as a therapist, and from following my own path to wellness, that the biggest thing standing in your way is that worried, self-critical voice inside your head.

I’ll help you quiet your mind and feel at home in your body. I work holistically, meaning that I help you integrate your mind, body, and spirit into one cohesive, healthy whole.

I nurture self-compassion. I will be your biggest supporter until you can be your biggest supporter.

My Style—I am gentle, but I won’t hesitate to be direct and straightforward with you when it feels like you’re not being honest with yourself. I challenge clients, from a loving place, to help them get unstuck and grow.

I know that if you’re reading this right now, you must have tried with all your might to make changes and feel better, but the improvements were minimal at best. It’s time to work smarter, not harder.

I offer a new perspective. I’ll introduce you to the tools my clients have found to be the most effective. Once you make the right changes, it won’t take so much effort to improve your life.

Want to know more?

Click to read about my values. You can also get in touch with me by phone, email, or through this contact form.