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Alyssa Wence, MA

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

I am passionate about creating a safe, supportive and empowering environment that promotes healing and helps you actively work on your goals. I believe therapy is individualized, so I use an eclectic approach incorporating a variety of therapeutic modalities to best meet your needs. My experience includes working with adults and children who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and other mental health obstacles. I also have experience helping couples strengthen their connection and develop healthy communication.

Virtual Sessions Only

Specializations:

Credentials & Experience:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Stress

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Mood Disorders

  • Self-esteem 

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Relationship Difficulties

Alyssa sees clients aged 16 and above

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at The University of South Florida

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tampa

  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention Certified

Specializations:

  • LGBTQIA+: Alyssa specializes in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, providing a safe and affirming space to explore their unique experiences, challenges, and personal growth.

  • Depression and Anxiety: Alyssa specializes in working with individuals who experience depression and anxiety. She provides compassionate support to help clients navigate their emotional challenges, develop coping strategies, and improve their overall well-being.

  • Self-Esteem: Alyssa helps clients develop a positive self-image, enhance self-worth, and cultivate self-compassion, supporting them in building a strong foundation of self-esteem.

  • Relationship Difficulties: Alyssa assists individuals in navigating relationship challenges, fostering healthier communication, and developing stronger connections.

 

  • Trauma and PTSD: Alyssa has expertise in trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She assists individuals who have experienced traumatic events, helping them process their trauma, reduce distressing symptoms, and restore a sense of safety and empowerment.

 

  • Adjustment Disorders: Alyssa supports individuals who struggle with adjustment disorders. She provides guidance and coping strategies to help clients navigate life transitions, such as moving, job changes, or relationship shifts, and facilitates their ability to adapt and find balance.

 

  • Bipolar Disorder: Alyssa specializes in working with individuals who have bipolar disorder. She offers a non-judgmental space for clients to explore their mood fluctuations, develop strategies for managing symptoms, and cultivate stability and well-being in their lives.

 

  • Personality Disorders: Alyssa has experience working with individuals who have personality disorders. She provides support and guidance to help clients gain insight into their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and develop healthier coping mechanisms and relationship skills.

 

  • Self-Harm: Alyssa offers specialized support for individuals who engage in self-harm. She creates a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore the underlying emotions and triggers, develop healthier coping strategies, and work towards recovery and self-empowerment.

Modalities:

  • Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Alyssa incorporates DBT techniques to help individuals work on mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Alyssa incorporates CBT techniques to help individuals identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, promoting positive change and personal growth.

  • Person Centered Therapy: Alyssa utilizes a person-centered approach, focusing one empathy, unconditional positive regard, and active listening to create a therapeutic environment that fosters self-discovery and personal growth.

  • IFS-Informed Therapy: Alyssa incorporates Internal Family Systems (IFS) principles to help clients understand and integrate different parts of themselves, fostering self-compassion and healing.

  • Eclectic Approach: Alyssa utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and techniques tailored to each client's unique needs. This approach allows her to incorporate elements from different therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based techniques, to provide personalized and effective treatment.

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