Hi there! I’m Alyssa (she/her) and I specialize in working with people of all ages who have experienced trauma or mental illness. Having also been in therapy as a teenager, I know first-hand how difficult (and even sometimes awkward!) it can be to open up to a therapist. Therefore, I do my best to make therapy fun and inviting. I take a psychodynamic, strengths-focused approach with my clients. My goal is to provide a nonjudgmental space for teens to feel respected, empowered, and in control of their healing. In my free time I love to cuddle with my pug, read mystery books, and practice crocheting! My ideal client is someone who is open to exploring their behaviors by talking about their past with the intention of bettering their future. Clients usually come to me to heal from sexual assault, abuse, or mental illnesses as a result of their upbringing. I pride myself on providing patience, warmth, and a non-judgmental attitude to ensure that when clients are ready, opening up to me is safe. I also believe humor is so important to have in the therapy room and love when a client and I can have light moments to balance out the dark ones.
UC Santa Cruz, B.A. in Psychology / UCLA Masters in Social Welfare