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

Patricia Alsup


Patricia Alsup


Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology - PSY12124
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Medicare
  • Victim Compensation Program / Victims of Crime
Fees: I accept most insurances that allow the free choice of provider.
Fees are $55.00, $75.00, $95.00 based on your take-home income and the number of family members it supports.
Evening Availability


Arcata, California 95521

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My Approach to Helping

I profoundly enjoy working with people in an accepting and nonjudgmental atmosphere that helps them actualize their potentials for healing and for being the very best that they can be. As your psychotherapy proceeds, we work to create a safe relationship through which you can experience unknown or even feared aspects of your personality more clearly. We explore possible adjustments in your behaviors, habits, thinking, and emotional processing to improve your life, increase happiness and self-efficacy, and deepen self-love; and we will explore how you can make these changes.

More Info About My Practice

I work out our home with my husband, Royal E. Alsup, Ph.D. People coming to our home for psychotherapy find the environment very comforting and relaxing. Our healing center is a safe and protective place to build creative, trusting relationships within which to heal emotionally, psychologically, cognitively, creatively, and spiritually. You are welcome to work with me on any area of your life that needs your 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, heartless 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." I know the pains of changing such a deeply entrenched way of being in the world, and the joys that such deep inner work brings. You are no longer a victim of your own knee-jerk reaction to create and maintain harmony at any cost when you learn to say, "No," if you need to, or "Yes," if you decide to.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love working with someone in a non-pathologizing manner as they grow from being frightened and ungrounded to becoming a person of courage and honesty. I get to see the very best in people, witness their vulnerabilities, help them give voice to their weaknesses and to find comfort and healing in their strengths. I love witnessing and supporting people as they find their way home to their own best self.

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital 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
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • 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

  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Gottman Method
  • 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 Psychotherapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Voice Dialogue

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