Alyssa Hermanson, LCSWA
A “Superbill” will be provided for any Out of Network insurance plans so you can submit a claim for reimbursement.
Alyssa sees people ages 15+ and is Telehealth only.
“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” — Paulo Coelho
The first step toward change is reaching out. I believe everyone has the capacity for healing, we all just need help from time to time and reminders that we are capable and worth it!
I am here to empower you to be the change you want to see, to heal what needs to be healed, and grow in areas you wish to progress.
Areas of Interest
I love working with women in early to mid-adulthood who are seeking guidance and assistance in addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and navigating stressful life transitions such as college, career, and relationships.
Often, young adults are facing the world for the first time and finding out who they are. Or maybe you’re a new parent and juggling caring for your child, career, and relationships all while trying not to lose yourself in these new responsibilities.
I get it, I’ve been there!
On the outside you look cool and confident, but you secretly find yourself over-analyzing, over-thinking, and what-if’ing every situation or opportunity. It leaves you feeling stuck, immobile, unable to move forward.
“Superwoman Syndrome” is a clever catchphrase that perfectly captures the emotions felt by lots of women; feeling like you have to have it all together, taking care of everyone and everything, neglecting your own needs and wants. Eventually, this catches up with you and you begin to crack! Therapy is vital during these times.
On the flip side, sometimes life gives you lemons and just plain sucks. Comparing ourselves to others on social media, it’s easy to feel like we’re not doing enough, not good enough, and always behind. This can lead to loneliness and feelings of failure if you are seeing others succeed while you’re trying to keep your head above water. Perhaps negative memories from childhood are creeping in, causing sadness or fear, impacting relationships and self-confidence. Let’s talk about this and find ways to lessen anxiety, stress, depression, and PTSD so you don’t have to just mask it daily.
Together, we will learn to explore boundaries and find ways to improve self-care and self-love.
Postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA) are areas I believe aren’t discussed often enough and I constantly find myself gravitating toward supporting mothers. For me, the early stages of motherhood were challenging in learning how to navigate this new life and the transitions ahead. I personally found it difficult to balance it all! This is why I feel so passionate about helping mothers through this new stage of life by providing encouragement, identifying ways to seek guidance and addressing mental health, and gaining awareness of your emotions so that you can effectively communicate them with your significant other or family members.
Navigating transitions isn’t uncommon for military service members or spouses; however, it is not something that should be overlooked or minimized. There are often sacrifices such as leaving jobs, family members and friends, and starting over in a new state and new home where resources seem difficult to come by. It’s important to me to help military spouses and family members during these transitions to feel heard, understood, and find ways to seek positivity within these life changes.
What to Expect in a Session
Because everyone comes to therapy with different life experiences, I take the time to get to know you and make sure you feel comfortable to openly share those very private thoughts, emotions and memories. The therapy journey isn’t the same for everyone, but by laying a strong foundation we can build those stepping stones to help you achieve your goals.
Two things that I hope you always take away from our sessions are:
- Feeling empowered to make positive changes
- Being aware of your strengths and capabilities
Therapy is a collaborative effort and I am open to all questions about your therapy process. I am here as a support and to assist you in this difficult journey that has led you here today.
We will work together as a team to give you the set of skills needed to use on a day-to-day basis.
Types of Therapy Used
Within sessions, you can expect me to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy.
I am a trauma informed therapist, having taken additional coursework in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Trauma-Related Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
I also have a certification in Military Counseling from Temple University. As a military spouse, the military population is near and dear to my heart. Having inside knowledge of the ins and outs of the military lifestyle, coupled with my certification in military counseling, I am able to help you with whatever obstacle the military has given you.
No matter what type of therapy we use, my core goal is to assist you in building positive coping tools and self-care methods while also addressing your negative coping mechanisms that you might not even be aware of.
My Professional Background
I completed my undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2015 and then went on to obtain my Masters of Social Work degree from Temple University in 2017. From there, I have worked in a wide range of settings from community based mental health, psychiatric hospitals, and with children and their families.
I am originally from southeast Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina with my husband in 2019. I love having access to both the ocean and the mountains!
Some interesting tidbits about me…I co-founded a women’s online boutique in 2021. I also enjoy cooking for my family and spending time with them. I love being outside, exploring the outdoors and traveling.