Alyssa  Sousa
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Alyssa Sousa

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated October 14, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Caregiver stress & support

Professional statement

Alyssa Sousa is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist and psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and adults. She has over 14 years of experience and helps clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma and psychiatric issues. Alyssa is particularly passionate about serving individuals managing food allergies and the mental health concerns related to this. Alyssa also has advanced training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Alyssa offers verbal psychotherapy and her approach is client centered. She has a wide range of experience and training to assist clients in achieving their therapeutic goals, and improve understanding and the ability to cope with complex emotions. Alyssa is a licensed creative art therapist in the state of New York and is skilled in using art therapy, as well as other creative modalities, in the therapeutic process. Alyssa uses the creative arts to offer insight, exploration and understanding to thoughts and feelings that are not easily accessible using verbal expression alone. In addition to creative arts therapy, Alyssa also has advance training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(TF-CBT). This is an evidenced based treatment for children and teens with a history of trauma. In addition, Alyssa is well versed in using mindfulness techniques as well as DBT skills and approaches in her therapeutic practice.

Alyssa ensures that each of her clients feels heard and seen. She works with her clients to help them feel safe, find balance, develop coping skills and improve awareness. Alyssa has worked in a diverse settings, including in NYC hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools and private practice. Alyssa has experience in both group as well as individual therapy and has worked as a clinical supervisor. She currently offers the convenience of remote therapy sessions so that you can invest in your mental health with greater ease and flexibility.


Message to clients

Everyone deserves to have space for themselves. I believe that the therapeutic space for each individual is so valuable for personal growth, the development of further insights and a place to find and cultivate support. Whether you are seeking therapy to address a specific concern or are looking to gain a deeper understanding of yourself as you move forward, I can provide you a space to be seen and heard in a genuine and meaningful way. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space where you can express yourself fully and honestly. I bring warmth, humor and a creativity to the therapeutic relationship as you guide the process. I value the ability and opportunity to bring creative expression into the therapy space. In addition to verbal therapy, I believe working from a creative space can offer a new and rich language of self expression, as well as a deeper connection and understanding of ones self.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $175

Additional session information

Therapist's note


Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • Fri 10:00-2:00
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Putnam Northern Westchester Women's Resource center , Director of Child and Adolescent Services , 2021 - Present
Mt. Sinia Hospital , Art Therapist , 2012 - 2021

NYU , M.A. Art Therapy , 2009
U.C. Berkeley , B.A. Psychology , 2002


Licensure

New York: 001464


Languages

English