Alissa has worked successfully as a psychotherapist with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds on issues including: relationships, communication skills, anxiety, addiction, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, abuse, grief and loss, divorce, family conflict, self-esteem, sexuality, ADHD, academic and career concerns. She also works with couples and facilitates therapy groups.
In addition, Alissa has provided counseling services at a variety of local non-profit organizations that offer specialized support to: the LGBTQ community (Pacific Pride Foundation), survivors of sexual assault (Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center), individuals in sober transitional housing, and in-school counseling for children and teens.
Alissa completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Somatic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She offers sessions at her office in downtown Santa Barbara and online.
It takes courage and strength to reach out for support and to make changes rather than letting our habits and fears run the show, keeping us stuck in the same old patterns. The best environment for facilitating positive transformation is one where all aspects of ourselves can be explored nonjudgmentally with kindness, compassion, and respect.
We have all developed strategies to survive emotionally based on our past, but some of these may be hindering rather that helping us in our present circumstances. In therapy, new ways of being and interacting are not only learned or talked about, but actually experienced during therapy, creating a new blueprint for interactions with others and in the world in general. Alissa offers gentle guidance and support in learning and developing new skills and tools for growth. Therapy can also help us to untangle our inner conflicts and navigate overwhelming emotions, allowing us to move forward and feel more confident in making the decisions that are best for us.
Traditional talk therapy investigates the unconscious thoughts, patterns and beliefs underlying our difficulties. In addition to using traditional methods, Alissa specializes in Somatic Psychotherapy, a holistic approach to well-being that emphasizes mindful awareness of mental, emotional, and physical dimensions of experience.
In addition to her practice as a psychotherapist, Alissa offers Somatic Mindfulness Training which is a personal growth process suited for individuals seeking a clearer connection with inner guidance and a better-feeling way of experiencing their emotions. Cultivating mindful presence and self-acceptance, we can develop a deeper understanding of the emotional logic behind conflicting thoughts and feelings that allows them to transform and come into alignment with the present.
Insight arises organically from mindful attention to inner experience rather than from intellectual interpretation, revealing the extent to which our reactions to the world are truly related to our present or to past conditioning. If our nervous system is chronically over-activated (anxious) or suppressed (depressed), this neural patterning can overshadow all of our experience of life.
As we deepen our awareness of inner experience, new neural pathways are formed which offer new ways of responding to emotions and a new emotional baseline from which to operate in day-to-day life.
Rather than being ruled by our emotions and old patterns from the past, we come into relationship with them in a way that allows them to transform, liberating old emotional burdens and freeing up energy for being in the world and in relationship in more fulfilling and authentic ways.
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