Patricia S. Alsup, Ph,D., Psychologist in Arcata, California, 95521

Patricia S. Alsup, Ph,D.

Patricia S. Alsup, Ph,D.
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Patricia S. Alsup, Ph,D.

Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology - PSY12124
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 07467
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Office 1
912 Janes Road
Arcata, California 95521
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I am a Humanistic, Person-Centered Psychologist and life-long professional artist. The Creative Process in everyone's life interests me deeply and informs my work as a psychotherapist. I aim to assist and accompany my clients as they work to remove the "smoke from the mirror" in which we all see ourselves as we think we are and how we want to be. Taking the lead from the client, we endeavor to establish a safe relationship through which they can see unknown or even feared aspects of their personality and psyche more clearly and how to make desired changes. We explore possible adjustments in their behaviors, habits, thinking, emotional processing, etc. that will improve their lives, increase happiness and self-efficacy, and deepen self-love. I profoundly enjoy working with people in this non-pathologizing manner that helps them actualize their potentials for healing and for being the very best that they can be. I learn from my clients every day and I glory in the chance to witness and to be of help in their journeys toward wholeness.

Email or Call Patricia S. Alsup, Ph,D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 07467

More Info About My Practice

I work out our home with my husband and partner, Royal E. Alsup, Ph.D. We have a sliding scale and take most insurances that allow free choice of provider. I also take Medicare and Victim Witness.

People coming to our home for psychotherapy find the environment very comforting and relaxing.For new clients and ongoing ones as well, our healing center is a safe and protective place to build creative, trusting relationships within which to heal emotionally, psychologically, cognitively, creatively, and spiritually. Clients are welcome to work with us on any area of their lives that needs their own loving, courageous attention.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

"Be a Bitch, Build a Boundary." Please excuse my french, as the saying goes. I use this affirmation to help women remember that learning to create good personal boundaries after a lifetime as a pleaser, feels like you are becoming a selfish, awful human being. You seem to be losing all of your former graces and the qualities that made you a "really nice person," such as a deeply warm compassion for others, and an uncanny sense of how to make people happy. My own children told me when I began to change, "Mama, you used to be nice." Hearing them say that really hurt, but my growing feelings of safety in the world and the clarity and strength of my new ability to express myself with true honesty helped guide my way through their negativity and my own insecurities.
I have trod this path myself and I know the pains of changing such a deeply entrenched and long-lived way of being in the world, and the joys that such deep inner work brings. The process involves points of increased self-understanding, times of disenchantment, and common reactions of friends, family, and partners. You are no longer a victim of your own knee-jerk need to create and maintain harmony at any cost when you learn to say, "No," if you need to, or "Yes," if you decide to.
I love working with women as they grow from being a frightened and ungrounded pleaser to becoming a woman of courage and honesty. I love witnessing and supporting them as they find their way home to their own best self.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love being a therapist because I am so honored to accompany people as they struggle with their particular problems and to help them make good changes in their lives. I get to see the very best in people, witness their vulnerabilities, and help them give voice to their weaknesses and to find comfort and healing in their strengths. My passion for providing psychotherapy comes out the creativity that we partake in together. I especially love working out of my home, providing a very comfortable and reassuring place for people to find the courage to see themselves clearly and to work toward their own growth and healing. And I don't have to go outside when it is raining hard and the cold wind is blowing, in order to do the good work of helping people through psychotherapy.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Voice Dialogue

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