Hi, I’m Alyssa!
I am a therapist with a Master of Psychology Degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from Adler Professional Graduate School. I completed my undergraduate degree in Research Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and have lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for the majority of my life.
I chose the profession of psychology to empower others to let go of the shame associated with mental illness while providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome challenges they may be faced with. Human resilience is the most inspiring part of this career and I see it every single day in the clients I work with.
Since completing graduate school in 2017, I have received training in several evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I have worked in settings with a variety of clients who present with mental health concerns relating to eating disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder. I also have worked with couples struggling with infertility, grief, infidelity and a loss of connection.
The approach I use in therapy is individualized to my client’s needs. Although I utilize evidence-based modalities in therapy, I first learn from my client what their needs and goals are prior to deciding a treatment course. My priority in therapy is to create a safe and non-judgemental space for my clients to share their experiences. My job is not to solve my client’s problems, but to advocate for them and assist them in reaching their mental health goals.
When I am not a therapist, I am traveling the world, volunteering in Africa, occupied with DIY projects, drinking coffee or sustaining an injury from my poor coordination. My favourite food is guacamole and I’m usually watching This Is Us, HGTV or re-watching Grey’s Anatomy for the hundredth time. My self-care practice typically involves journaling, therapy, getting enough sleep, listening to what my body/soul needs each day and diffusing essential oils.
Exhale Therapy is about making a decision that you are worthy of living a more fulfilling life and it would be my pleasure to support you along that journey.