Alisha Burnside LCSW
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Alisha Burnside LCSW
|Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - SW13739|
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: $80-90 per 50-minutes, free 15-minute consultation.
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Throughout my life, I have encountered an array of hardships that created my own struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, faith crises etc. Being able to provide counseling to others who have similar struggles has given these hardships purpose. I am not only passionate about being a therapist, but I also see it as a calling for my life. There is hope in not only hearing that it is possible to overcome our struggles but witnessing others accomplishing it.
Every person's story is unique and has significance as there are multiple paths for us all. I approach therapy by being my full true self, which includes transparency, humor, and complete acceptance. My goal is to help you find comfort in our sessions and create a space where you feel encouraged to have your full true self be seen and understood. I value the importance of finding ways to challenge you in reaching your goals, while also respecting that you are the expert on yourself.
The inspiration of naming my practice "Serenity Haven" was based on the Serenity Prayer which exudes the importance of having serenity with what is not within our control, changing the things that are within our control, and ensuring to not confuse the two. Oftentimes with anxiety, people fear and worry about the future which is not within their control, and with depression, people tend to ruminate about their past and fail to see the control that they have of their present moment. Thus, my hopes are to help you find freedom and peace in the areas that are not intended to be under your control and empower you to change the areas that are entirely within your power.
I welcome and encourage feedback so that I can make sure I am providing the best quality of care that you deserve. Although my own story creates a deep sense of empathy, I ensure the focus of every session is for you to have a place where you give and take to only yourself!
Email or Call Alisha Burnside LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 45931
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in helping people with anxiety, looking for any irrational thoughts and replacing them with healthier thinking to create a more calm quality of life, living in the present. I facilitate clients with anxiety through relaxation techniques to better manage potential panic attacks resulting in either reduction or elimination.
My experiences have also been in the field of trauma and helping people work through ways that their trauma impacted their views of the world or themselves. I work with survivors of trauma in removing the lenses of shame they may struggle with.
I am certified by a program called Prepared and Enriched in which I specialize in preparing couples for marriage or assisting married couples in enhancing their marriage.
I am also skilled in exploring questions or implementing aspects of faith and spirituality. I also have a variety of experiences other than the above areas of my specialties such as grief counseling, depression, family counseling, and self-care.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy is useful for anyone and everyone, including therapists themselves. Attending therapy provides many benefits that are not easily found elsewhere. For starters, the level of confidentiality in therapy creates an immediate safety to be able to disclose the most personal thoughts and struggles and be assured that it will not go anywhere else. By being able to truly delve into all of your thoughts it can help you better process and understand yourself.
Therapy is a relationship where you are there to focus on just yourself which relieves any pressure to give back in a time where you may feel you don't have much left to give. By being able to have a relationship that the intended purpose is simply for you to receive, you can experience some relief in just being heard. Therapy provides objectivity and further insight into areas that loved ones may be too close to recognize, which can, in turn, lead to necessary changes. Therapy can help you experience validation and empowerment which can many times be an experience of self-care and self-love. Therapy can help provide healing for unresolved issues that may manifest itself in unnoticed ways. Getting this healing could lead to a healthier sense of self and healthier relationships. Therapy can help be an outlet to share thoughts and feelings without any judgment or criticism and help you learn to accept yourself. Therapy can help you learn how to implement assertive boundaries, manage stress, reduce or eliminate symptoms of presenting problems, and become a major form of a support system.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Although therapy can be a wonderful, strengthening, healing experience, I would be lying to say that there isn't some possibility for it to be a negative experience too. Many things can contribute to which type of experience you may have. I personally believe that therapy requires a skill set that is intrinsic and not something that can be taught. Just like many other occupations, there are some great therapists, and then there are some not so great ones. Furthermore, even the best therapist will be human and can make a mistake and fall short on an off day.
Plain and simple, my rule of thumb is that the relationship between a therapist and a client is just as organic as any other relationship, it either "is" or "is not" and it cannot be orchestrated. The styles and personalities of two individuals coming together to discuss the most vulnerable parts about you is a risk, which is why attending therapy really exemplifies a person's courage. In addition to finding the right fit, the right timing is also pretty vital too.
Even positive change can be stressful as it is something new and unfamiliar. Sometimes where you may be in your particular circumstances can make the experience even more challenging. I believe it is of utmost importance for you to vocalize any struggle areas that may have disappointed you or discouraged you for there to be an opportunity to rectify the situation. But most importantly, I believe in searching until you find the right fit. Negative experiences are never fun but the right therapist is out there for you, and you owe it to yourself to find it and experience the positives of therapy for yourself. A negative experience of therapy does not have to be representative of therapy altogether as a whole. And if you are able to articulate to a different therapist what works for you and what doesn't, it can customize your experience to be even more positive!
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
- Premarital Counseling
Ages I Work With
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