I am a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Portland, Oregon since 2012. I work with individuals on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, gender and sexuality, life transitions, stress management, and relationship matters. I use empathy, compassion, and openness to help my client's feel comfortable and confident in their decision to address difficulties in their lives and create fulfilling paths for the future.
I believe that counseling is most effective when the client and therapist work together to identify strengths and areas of opportunity in an effort to create a richer life experience for the client. I believe that it is important to use treatments and techniques that have been carefully researched and found effective, so I take an evidence-based approach to therapy.
I have in-depth training in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, and experience using mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. I pull from each of these domains to create a therapy experience that is tailored to the needs of each individual I work with.
I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. I have specialized training in working with LGBTQ individuals and in trauma-informed care. I have varied experience including work with youth and adults, mandated clients, community mental health, and private practice.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
OR LPC C4849
Alyssa is patient and kind! She always knows what to say and can always offer another perspective in difficult situations or when I am looking too narrowly. She rocks!
Written on Mar 25, 2020 after therapy with Alyssa for 5 months on issues concerning self esteem
Alyssa is a very understanding person :))))
Written on Feb 29, 2020 after therapy with Alyssa for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Alyssa has helped me control and manage my anxiety in many ways. In 5 months I've noticed a huge change in how certain situations effect me and how I react to them. It's been extremely helpful talking to her.
Written on May 27, 2019 after therapy with Alyssa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Counseling with Alyssa has been a huge help to my mental health. She is very knowledgeable in her field and sends me links to articles and research from reputable, peer-reviewed sources pertaining to my specific issues. She has a quick response time and always checks in if I go MIA. She's been an excellent counselor for me and I absolutely recommend her.
Written on Apr 30, 2019 after therapy with Alyssa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
I like her a lot. She is kind, understanding and certainly has great expertise in her profession. I feel quite comfortable working with her, and do highly recommend her. Thank you so much, Alyssa
Written on Jan 26, 2019 after therapy with Alyssa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
Alyssa was very understanding and has helped me view things from a different perspective. She is responsive and I feel like has tried to meet my individual needs.
Written on Jan 17, 2019 after therapy with Alyssa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes