Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT

Alissa Gregory, MA, LMFT

Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
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 - United States
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Fees: Please contact Alissa directly for more information on fees and insurance. Free 15 minute consultation.

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We will approach your challenges with mindfulness, compassion, and curiosity. If you are ready for or contemplating change, I can guide and support you on your journey to clarity, confidence, and inner peace. Acquire the tools needed to navigate your relationships, work, communication, and emotions more gracefully -- tools that will last a lifetime and not only enhance your life, but all of those around you. As you learn to approach your problems from new perspectives, the energy bound up in old habits or current crisis may be transformed and released, opening the door for your innate joy and vitality to flow.

There can be growing pains with personal growth - so we may instinctually or unconsciously avoid facing our challenges head-on. If we only worked on personal growth when when "felt like" it, we might never feel like it because the emotions associated with our problems are often painful and we might not have adequate or positive ways of coping with them. This where making therapy (or other personal growth practices) part of your routine can be really helpful! By sharing your personal growth process with someone else, you not only gain access to new tools and perspectives, but you also hold yourself accountable to making time for this work that can all-too-easily be avoided! By taking a proactive stance toward your personal growth, you can re-direct your life path so that your unconscious habits don't snowball into even bigger problems down the road.

In addition to having experience with a variety of traditional therapeutic approaches, I specialize in Somatic Psychology, a holistic approach that emphasizes mindfulness and recognizes the importance of developing new neural pathways in re-programming the nervous system to improve our day-to-day experience of emotions. When the "set-point" of the nervous system is chronically anxious or depressed, an intellectual understanding of the problem is helpful, but may not be sufficient to change how we actually feel.

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

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

More Info About My Practice

There is no substitute for making a routine time and space devoted to personal growth where you can get the support and guidance you need to sorting out inner conflicts, making important decisions, and learning how to navigate overwhelming emotions. The longest relationship in life you will have is the one that you have with yourself and it is the foundational relationship that affects the quality of all others, I offer a place where you can get to know yourself better and come to know your own truth, to experience your own inner guidance more clearly.

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 can help interrupt our habitual thoughts, open us up to new perspectives, give us new tools to cope with our problems, and teach us new ways of communicating or being in relationship. By learning to approach our difficult emotions in new ways in therapy, we literally re-wire the mind-body'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 specialize in Somatic Psychotherapy, an approach that teaches 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 can 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 that emphasizes mindfulness 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.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Therapy is a process that calls upon our creativity, curiosity, and compassion. By consciously embodying these healing qualities of presence in connection with the people who invite me the join them on their paths of personal growth, we can cultivating a welcoming and more expansive space for your whole authentic self to show itself, not just the parts that you are used to showing to the rest of the world.

When two or more people are being present and authentic about what is really going on underneath the surface, without all of the masks that people generally wear at work or at home or on social media, an energizing space of transformation is created where insight, inner guidance, and inner peace can emerge.

It is an honor for me when people "let me in" and I have respect for the courage it takes to be willing to let go of old habitual of being and learn new ones that serve them better.

The process of therapy demands that I be fully present and I generally find that whenever we as humans are fully present to our lives and emotions in a compassionate way, we tend to feel more alive and energized by the process rather than depleted. This is part of what I teach people to do. Watching people blossom into their full potentials and leave therapy with tools that will last a lifetime is deeply satisfying.

Being a therapist not only allows me to support the growth and transformation of others, but constantly calls upon me to evolve, adapt, and transform in new ways as well.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • 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 Within Your Scope of Practice

  • 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
  • Breathwork
  • 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
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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