ALYSSA MASSEY, LPC
Alyssa Massey, LPC (she/they) is a cisgender, white, mid-size, heterosexual married woman. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Chinese, working first at an affordable housing nonprofit organization in Berkeley, CA and then as an assistant professor of English at a university in Jiangsu, China for several years before moving to Columbus for graduate school in Chinese linguistics. She took time off from graduate school to prioritize her own mental health, during which time she worked for several years as a manager at a local board game cafe. When her game cafe closed during the pandemic, she decided to pursue a career in counseling in order to combine her passions for mental health, social justice, and working with people on an individual or small group basis. She believes that working towards one’s personal healing is challenging but rewarding - a radical action that makes the world better for everyone.
Alyssa sees her role as a therapist as one of a consultant and approaches therapy with the belief that everyone is an expert on their own life experiences and has within themselves and their communities what they need to grow and heal. She strives to create a genuine, collaborative, and nonjudgmental space in therapy and connect clients with desired resources. She has had the privilege of working with clients with a variety of mental health concerns, including but not limited to anxiety/panic, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, and relationship issues. Alyssa primarily draws from trauma-informed, feminist, and person-centered theories in counseling but is trained in and incorporates many other modalities as well, including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for couples/relationships.
In the therapy room, you will usually find her drinking tea and fidgeting with an object; during telehealth appointments she often alternates between a standing desk and sitting on an exercise ball. Outside of the office, you are likely to find her going on walks and hikes, crafting, playing board games, eating at local restaurants, playing/listening to music, and snuggling with her two black cats.
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board License #: C.2305431
Supervised by Alexis Rae Burrow LPCC-S (E.0602053-SUPV)