One thing that I have always been acutely aware of is my passion to be of service to others. I have dedicated my life, particularly my career, to being an agent of healing and positive change. I believe that creating trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship is necessary in order for healing and change to occur within the therapeutic process. I therefore place great emphasis on the powerful healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship. In doing so, I use a collaborative, nurturing, and compassionate approach to create and hold safe space for each person with whom I work. My warm personality and genuine interactions helps others to feel at ease with the therapeutic process. Once a sense of safety is secure within the therapeutic relationship, I utilize an approach that is Client-Centered and Interpersonally based while utilizing evidenced-based strategies to inspire and create change, increase healthy coping skills, decrease dysfunctional patterns, and relieve suffering. I also am able to hold people accountable for doing their own therapeutic work, making the changes they have committed to making, and living healthy lives. The evidenced-based strategies that I utilize most often in conjunction with the Client-Centered and Interpersonal approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. Furthermore in my work, I focus on the whole individual, addressing one’s mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
I am trained and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups in various settings, including community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, an emergency shelter for children and adolescents in the foster care system, outpatient clinics, a college counseling center, and private practice. I have worked with children, adolescents, college-aged individuals, and adults. My areas of clinical interest include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, identity development, relationship issues, interpersonal patterns, anxiety and mood disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, learning disorders and ADHD, women’s issues, parenting issues, infertility, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) issues.
In addition to psychotherapy, I provide psychological assessments within my practice. These assessments include IQ, gifted, learning disability, and personality assessments. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and am licensed as a psychologist in the states of Florida and Michigan.
Outside the scope of psychological services, I am also a trained and certified Jikiden Reiki practitioner and offer this service as another form of healing.
I am an individual with a deep sense of empathy, curiosity, and passion for serving others. I am a therapist who has always had the ability to ‘sit in the dark’ with a person who has suffered pain, loss, and hopelessness in all of its manifestations. I have come to believe that a person’s inner strength does not require a fixed set of traits, but rather a willingness to take risks in order to achieve clarity, healing, and growth. As such, I have a genuine respect for the individual worth of others and deeply value the process of guiding clients toward discovering their own resilience.
I have experience providing psychotherapy with individuals ranging from adolescence through adulthood with a variety of issues including interpersonal and relationship difficulties, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, bereavement, and PTSD. I have worked in neuropsychological and forensic settings, an outpatient psychiatric center, medical center, skilled nursing and residential facilities, assisted living facilities, as well as in private practice settings. During my doctoral internship at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, MA, I received specialized training in Geropsychology, working with older adult Veterans. I have a particular passion for working with older adults and issues within the context of late adulthood. My experience includes working with caregivers of and individuals with neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, etc.), chronic medical illnesses, and terminal illness.
I believe that at any age, there is a tremendous sense of meaning and power in a person’s story being heard and change being witnessed. My approach to therapy is integrative and person-centered, assimilating psychodynamic and interpersonal modalities with evidence-based strategies. I strive to provide a warm, safe environment that will allow individuals to utilize their strengths, unique capacities, and accountability. I believe that self-awareness is the deepest source of growth, and that the therapeutic relationship is a vessel for change.
Alyssa Ramdihal, M.A.
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