About Dr. Alissa
Hello! I am Dr. Alissa. I’m a licensed professional counselor, LPC-MHSP. I received my Ph.D. in clinical counseling in 2014, my Master’s in counseling in 2009, and Bachelor’s in psychology in 2007.
I completed my internship at The Refuge Center for Counseling in Cool Springs, have worked at community mental health centers in both Murfreesboro and Franklin, Kairos Counseling Center, Bethany Christian Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, and The Exchange Club. In these centers I practiced trauma counseling, individual therapy, group therapy, parenting counseling and coaching, and created and implemented curriculum for an intensive outpatient program for adolescents with substance abuse and mental health issues.
I received specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), children with sexual behavior problems, children and adolescents with dissociative disorders, trauma-focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.
I am a clinical member of TLPCA and presented in Nashville at the 2012 annual Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association (TLPCA) conference on sex trafficking and counseling. I also presented at the TLPCA conference in 2016 on psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES).
I have been on the board of, and helped establish, a nonprofit for sex trafficking survivors in India. Specifically, creating a trauma counseling curriculum for use in the rehabilitation home for survivors of sex trafficking. I conducted my dissertation study with survivors of sex trafficking in the U.S., which was completed in 2014.
A piece I wrote on sexual assault was published in a textbook: Crisis Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention (2nd Edition) page 209.
I share some of these things so that you are aware of my highly varied experiences in the field with plenty of different people in both very normal and extremely unusual situations. I welcome all people into my office.
I am also excited to introduce to you:
I am a temporary licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider. I completed my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver in 2016 and my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010.
During graduate school, I interned at Denver Rescue Mission and a Denver public high school. I have since worked with middle and high school students as a school-based, clinical therapist, as well as seeing adult clients in private practice.
I have experience working with clients of all ages on issues such as trauma, anxiety, grief, work burnout, child/adolescent behavior, and parent-child relationships.
Additionally, I have worked with teachers and school staff on student behavior and work-related stressors.
I use an integrative approach to counseling, which allows me to tailor therapy to your specific needs. My practice includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, sandplay, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
My hope is to provide you with the space, support, and skills you need in order to meet your goals. In my work as a therapist, I am passionate about helping my clients develop lives that are balanced and meaningful. My office is open to all, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or ethnic background.