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Alyssa Kushner(She/Her/Hers)

(She/Her/Hers)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New JerseyMarylandNew YorkWashington DC
Alcohol use disorder & addiction- Anxiety -Codependency-Perfectionism- Trauma-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Alyssa is an LCSW and trauma therapist based in NYC. She is licensed and see clients virtually in Washington DC, NJ & MD. Alyssa specializes in working with teens, young adults, and adults with relational and complex trauma, ptsd, anxiety, burn out, codependency in relationships, people pleasing and perfectionism. She also works with anyone interested in shifting their relationship with alcohol or are sober curious.

Alyssa brings a trauma-informed, somatic, relational, and holistic approach. She holds compassion, empathy, and a warm therapeutic space. Alyssa's priority will always be to develop a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship first, and then according to need she will integrate experiential practices like somatic strategies, mindfulness skills, self-compassion development, creativity, guided meditations, and help connect mind and body. She is also formally trained in EMDR & DBT and will integrate into the collaborative individualized treatment plan if needed.

Alyssa has a professional background working as a clinical supervisor, group leader and developer, therapist, and clinical coach in group practice and various IOP/PHP settings! She received her MSW from NYU and BA from Rutgers University.

Alyssa loves to empower and challenge her clients to achieve their best, heal from the past, and develop new more helpful ways to cope with emotions and difficulties. Alyssa believes in working together to help her clients become more confident and authentic version of themselves, empowering them to prioritize their own needs. She knows it's about finding a combination of developing insight into how the past impacts present patterns, while also focusing on the here and now and taking action toward change. She finds that everyone has an innate ability to heal and progress and the therapeutic process is meant to unlock that. Alyssa looks forward to getting to know you!


Message to clients

Hi! My name is Alyssa and I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, and adults looking to heal from trauma, ptsd, and complex-ptsd, anxiety and burn out, codependency, people pleasing, perfectionism, or those interested in shifting their relationship with alcohol.

I love to empower and challenge my clients to achieve their best, heal from the past, and develop new more helpful ways to cope with emotions and difficulties. I believe in working together to help you become a more confident and authentic version of yourself, empowering you to prioritize your own needs. To me, it's about finding a combination of developing insight into how your past impacts present patterns, while also focusing on the here and now and taking action toward change.

I take a trauma-informed, somatic, holistic, compassionate, and relational approach as a therapist. So my first priority will always be developing a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship between us. Then I am happy to integrate modalities like EMDR, somatic exercises, mindfulness based skills, mindful self compassion, DBT skills, or work on shifting thinking patterns. We will look at your whole self including your mental and emotional health, physical health, social health, professional health, and spiritual.

In our first session, together we will explore your history and whats bringing you to therapy and then collaboratively tailor individualized treatment goals to make sure we are meeting your needs. Please note I am fully virtual and sessions are 50 mins.

I look forward to connecting!


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Bhava Therapy Group, Clinical Supervisor & Director Of Support Groups
The Dorm, Senior Therapist
Newport Academy, Primary Therapist

New York University (NYU), Master Of Social Work (MSW), 2018
Rutgers University, BA - Psychology, 2016

Licensure

New Jersey: 44SC06281300 - Maryland: 23919 - New York: 093839 - Washington DC: LC200003326

Languages

English

Specialties

Alcohol use disorder & addiction - If you are interested in shifting your relationship with alcohol, sober curious, or in recovery from alcohol use. We will explore your relationship to alcohol and where it started, discuss if harm-reduction/mindful drinking or abstinence is appropriate, and develop new coping skills and self-care foundations.

Anxiety - Anxiety can look like excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder), physical symptoms, impending sense of doom. We will work together to get to the root cause of your anxiety, develop new ways to cope and manage, and use holistic practices, mindfulness skills, trauma informed interventions, and CBT if needed.

Codependency - You may struggle with codependency f you put other people before yourself, are unsure of what your needs are, people please, difficulty with boundary setting, low self worth, sense of self comes from helping other people, neglect of self, harsh inner critic, frequent feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety. Together we will explore where it came from, develop your internal sense of worth, learn what your needs are to start putting them first, practice self compassion, and set boundaries.

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others. We will work together to understand how this developed, improve your self compassion practice and self esteem, and shift negative core beliefs.

Trauma - All forms of emotional, physical, sexual, relational trauma, and PTSD. After working to develop a safe and trusting strong relationship, I will provide psychoeducation on trauma responses, use somatic strategies and teach skills to regulate your emotions, and work together to heal past trauma. I am trained in EMDR and can use if needed, integrated with other somatic and holistic approaches.

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - C-PTSD is prolonged & ongoing exposure to a traumatic environment or multiple traumas over time. This can mimic symptoms of ptsd as well as show up in difficult interpersonal relationships, shame, and challenges with emotion regulation. After working to develop a safe and trusting strong relationship, I will provide psychoeducation on trauma responses, use somatic strategies and teach skills to regulate your emotions, and work together to heal past trauma. I'm trained in EMDR and can integrate.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Insurance

Alyssa Kushner is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$200 - $250

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

Please ask about my fees, they range from $210-250 for 50 minutes. The scale is determined upon a few factors. I am an out-of-network provider, meaning I do not accept insurance in-network. If you do receive out-of-network (OON) benefits, I am happy to provide you with superbills (detailed receipts) to submit to insurance for reimbursement. I also partner with a platform Mentaya that will submit claims for you and get reimbursement faster, at a cost of 5% of the session fee. To check if you get OON benefits, I have a checker on my website or you can call the number on the back of your insurance card!


Therapy Groups

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Codependency Resiliency Support Group

This virtual group is for anyone in any state that is struggling with codependency. This is a safe, compassionate, and small group that meets weekly at an ongoing basis. Mindfulness exercises, journal prompts, and open discussion are included.


Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

This provider has no upcoming call times available.