Alissa joins GE Family Services as an Counseling Psychology Intern to work with children, teens, adults, and couples with depression and anxiety.
My name is Alissa (she/her/hers) and I am a born and raised Alaskan resident living on Denaina land. I am currently a second-year student at Alaska Pacific University’s Master of Counseling Psychology program and graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2017. I will be graduating from Alaska Pacific University in December of 2024. I’ve worked in paraprofessional behavioral health roles working with diverse populations with complex or dual diagnoses for the last 12 years, including individuals experiencing intellectual and physical disabilities. I have experience using Motivational Interviewing techniques and come from a trauma informed and Positive Psychology framework. My last role was working with our houseless folks helping them achieve their goals through motivational interviewing, positive support, case management out in the community, and a little bit of humor. Humor is the spice of life.
I believe that all people deserve support and to be treated with care. I plan to use a variety of evidence-based practices in the clinic to support you on your journey of healing, including Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I offer a non-judgmental approach and enjoy working with a variety of people. I am friendly, an active listener, and work to make you feel comfortable while you work through the weeds.
When I’m not focused on school, I enjoy gardening, kayaking, live music, podcasts, bad movies, road trips and taking photos (not to be confused with photography, I’m an amateur!). I am fond of spontaneous adventures. I love my family and friends dearly. I have two black cats and a little old dog at home who are spoiled regularly.
I look forward to working with you.