Alyssa

Alyssa Nicole Balli, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT 119630

Languages: English, Spanish

THERAPY FOCUS
• Anxiety
• Assertiveness Training
• Behavioral concerns
• Depression
• Family communication
• Parenting
• PTSD
• Stress Management

THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED

Family Sessions
For you and your loved one(s) (e.g. family or household member) who desire to come together in working together toward a common goal

Individual Sessions
For children, adolescents, and adults of all ages

BIO
Alyssa has a vast range of experience from working with children and families in community mental health and group home settings, domestic violence victim shelters, as well as outpatient mental health in crisis stabilization programs.

While still in graduate school, Alyssa was awarded the California Educational MFT Stipend Award for providing bilingual services to clients and families in need.

During her traineeship, Alyssa worked to provide services for group home adolescent boys at Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services. To further diversify her experience, she also spent a year working at Pacific Lifeline, providing individual, family and group therapy to women and children within a domestic violence shelter setting.

Alyssa presently also works at South Coast Community Services (since 2016) in the agency’s Quality Assurance department. She began working with the agency for about three years as a therapist, providing individual, family and group counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. The majority of Alyssa’s experience there was providing bilingual services in English and Spanish to high-risk clients needing stabilization and then transition to a lower level of care. For about two of those years, Alyssa worked with children and their families in the community who have experienced concerns such as Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, AD/HD, Conduct Disorder, PTSD and/or other trauma related disorders, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, and suicidal ideation and gestures. For about another year, Alyssa transitioned to working primarily with adult clients with severe mental health concerns at one of the agency’s outpatient clinics. During this time in her experience, she supported clients with a range of concerns including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD and/or other trauma related disorders.

¡Se habla español también!

CLINICAL EDUCATION
• Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Purpose of Therapy
Therapy offers a space for you to explore your concerns, choices, strengths, and areas of growth in a safe, nonjudgmental way. Therapy allows for you to navigate building relationships, reflection of your inner world, patterns of behaviors, and a space to elicit the change you want to create.

How I Can Help
Within our therapeutic relationship, I offer you a space for safe and empowered reflection of your thoughts, feelings, choices, and patterns of behaviors. In navigating this process you will gain awareness and momentum to put in place the changes you wish to make. On this journey, I will support you with coping skills and tools and highlight different choices you have as you move forward.

My Approach to Helping
My goal is to support clients in reaching their optimal potential. I believe in walking alongside a person in their journey of growth and wellness. Together we can look at your strengths and areas of growth to build your resilience from there!

I have a deep passion for working with trauma survivors and people looking to increase connection in relationships. With numerous years of experience in these areas, I am confident together we can create a plan for you to build your ideal life. This comes from an approach to a person’s wellness as a whole. Together, we can explore your psychological, physical, spiritual, sexual, and emotional wellbeing.

I believe it is important we give ourselves grace and space to grow to support our wellness. If you’re interested in allowing your hopes, not your hurts shape your future, feel free to reach out!

My Role as Your Therapist
In walking alongside you in this journey, my initial role will be meeting you where you are. As we progress through the journey of therapy my role can also include being a sounding board, a supporter, a coach, a tool of reflection and to build upon your natural supports.

My Therapy Approach
I appreciate working from an eclectic model and meeting each client and their needs with what they bring to the therapeutic space. I draw from multiple theory and therapy models such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Humanistic models, all with a trauma-informed lens.

Frequency of Therapy
After our initial intake session, we will usually meet once weekly for 4-6 weeks. This allows us time to develop our therapeutic relationship and focus on relieving your most prevalent concerns and symptoms. Together we will continue to monitor your progress and determine if increasing time between sessions is appropriate. The extra week between sessions will give you opportunities to practice skills learned in sessions. As you begin to accomplish your goals in therapy, we may increase time between sessions until therapy comes to an end.

Duration of Therapy
Therapy typically ends when you have met your treatment goals and you feel comfortable using newly learned coping strategies with consistency outside of the therapy space. However, you have the right to stop therapy at any time. Regardless the length of therapy you have received, you are always welcome to return for sessions as needed. Possible reasons to schedule a session might be that you are experiencing a new life transition or you simply need a reminder or check in session.