Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT, Counseling in Santa Barbara, California, 93101

Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT

Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 88007
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 31595
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933 Castillo St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Fees: Please contact Alissa directly for more information on fees and insurance. Free 15 minute consultation.

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Working with me, you will learn to approach your challenges with compassion and curiosity rather than shame or judgment. I can guide you learning to respond to your emotions, other people, and life in general with more clarity, confidence, and inner peace.

Personal growth may involve some growing pains, but sharing that journey with a therapist and making therapy a part of your routine can make it feel less overwhelming. You have done the best you can so far on your own, but if you still feeling stuck, you can use therapy to learn more positive ways of coping, gain new perspectives, and live your life more proactively rather than by default.

Email or Call Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 31595

More Info About My Practice

In addition to using traditional therapeutic approaches, I specialize in Somatic Psychology, a holistic approach that emphasizes the importance of mindfulness in developing new neural pathways to transform our habitual day-to-day experience of emotions.

When the "set-point" of the nervous system is chronically anxious or depressed, an intellectual understanding of the issue gained through discussion can be helpful, but may not be sufficient to change how we actually feel.

By cultivating mindfulness, we begin to embody a deeper presence and hear our own inner guidance more clearly, moving us toward wholeness and health. Investing in your emotional well-being is investing in your quality of life.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about insurance, fee, or anything else. I offer free 15 minute phone or Skype consultations.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy interrupts our habitual thoughts and behaviors, open us up to new perspectives, produces new insights, and gives us new tools to cope with our challenges. We learn better-feeling ways of communicating and being in relationship. The awareness you cultivate in therapy literally re-wires your bodymind's neural networks to experience life in more fulfilling ways.

Our early life, genes, relationships, traumas, and society all have roles in shaping how our emotional reactions get hard-wired. This means that, quite often, our emotional or internal reality may no longer "fit" the external reality of our lives in the present. You can think of therapy as a way of updating your operating system to optimize your ability to successfully navigate current life circumstances.

I teach mindfulness and the ability to be present with difficult emotions in a curious and compassionate way. We might know that our feelings of distrust, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, or shame are relics from the past, but feel helpless to let them go. With my support and guidance, we will create a safe and nonjudgmental space for otherwise overwhelming emotions to be gently explored and transformed.

As humans, we tend to seek out and re-create what is familiar, blindly repeating patterns, regardless of whether they are negative or positive. The experience of being in a nurturing therapeutic relationship provides you with a new blueprint for how to experience others and the world, giving you more choice in how you react to and shape your life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in Somatic Psychotherapy, a mindfulness approach to understanding, transforming, and integrating challenging emotions, creating new ways of navigating life, work, and relationships.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Self Psychology
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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