Aliisa Breisch, Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist
I am a Licensed Psychologist with a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Washington School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Montana State University-Billings. I provide therapy to individuals, including school-age children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of diagnoses, as well as family therapy and parent training support. I also provide psychological assessments for children and adolescents, ages 6-16. I particularly specialize in assessing for Autism, learning and intellectual disabilities, and general diagnostic clarification.
BACKGROUND AND CLINICAL TRAINING
I grew up in a small, rural farming and agricultural town in eastern Montana. Growing up in a small town was filled with ups and downs. Life there was primarily focused on excelling at sports and fitting in. As with many other adolescent experiences, if you did not conform to those expectations, you were often met with ridicule and rejection. This small-town mindset and experience created significant anxiety and depression for me in my high school years, which was difficult. The culture in Montana is very much rooted in a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ mentality. I remember mental illness was seen as weakness and was stigmatized when I was growing up.
I remember working with a therapist at that time and feeling scared, vulnerable, and reluctant to open up. I thought to myself, ‘How can I talk to this stranger when I can’t even talk to my friends and family about all of this?’ These early experiences ignited a passion in me to help others, especially adolescents, as it is an incredibly difficult time of life. It also taught me the importance of building a strong, trusting relationship between therapist and client that continues to motivate me to genuinely connect with my clients today. My passion to help others motivated me to obtain my doctoral degree and clinical training experiences with a wide range of ages and issues. Throughout my training, I have worked with adults in recovery from addiction, college students in a university counseling center, and children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. I have spent the past five years focusing on providing therapy and assessments to children and adolescents with a range of behavioral and emotional issues.
My approach to therapy is primarily informed by Advanced Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). AEDP seeks to bring about healing and transformation through the undoing of aloneness that can occur from trauma, loss, and the consequences of the limitations of human relatedness. AEDP has roots in many disciplines, including interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory, and body-focused approaches. Through the undoing of aloneness, and through the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences, I work to foster the emergence of new and healing experiences for the client, as well as new resources and resilience. I also utilize cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and motivational interviewing techniques, which I tailor to each individual’s presenting needs. What is paramount in my work, regardless of the presenting issue, is the importance of and focus on creating a safe, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. Without this in place, change, healing, and growth cannot occur.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: http://draliisabreisch.com/