Royal E. Alsup, PhD, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Arcata, California, 95521

Royal E. Alsup, PhD, MFT

Royal E. Alsup, PhD, MFT
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Royal E. Alsup, PhD, MFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 6588
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 22440
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
Office 1
Arcata, California 95521
  • Accessible Parking
  • Service Animals Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom

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I am a humanistic, person-centered, and trans-personal psychotherapist, which means that problems from any area of your life can be brought to work on in psychotherapy, from difficulties in your daily life to troubling experiences from outside of the Space-Time Box. Our work together will be guided by your own psyche in participation with my deeply focused attention and unconditional positive regard; we will begin from where you are now on your uniquely personal individuation path. The aim is to work with you in collaboration and partnership, to restructure your perceptions and behaviors with powerful tools and practices gained from my life's work with Native American Medicine people and serving Native American children and families as a psychotherapist for more than three decades. The Native American way of healing a person's psyche uses the whole method of soul-making, which employs one's natural inner love and wisdom to promote healing change.

My path is the way of the Wounded Healer -- always growing and searching for a way for the modern person to vision quest and to create a life guided by the wisdom of their own best self. Western depth psychology has also profoundly influenced the character and essence of my way of doing therapy. The remarkable goal of the Humanistic psychotherapist is to guide you to talk about your feelings and thoughts; and to help you express conflicting or disturbing emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and depression within the safety of the therapeutic hour, without denying your own quest to become the best of who you are so you can stop trying to be what other people say you ought to be. My goal is to empower you to be independent of me as your therapist, by preparing you with effective tools to continue examining your life and partnerships as you move forward on your life's journey. These tools include active imagination, following your dreams, practicing mindfulness, and maintaining a practice of daily meditation to relieve disturbing emotional states and the thoughts that accompany them, like anger, fear, and doubt and to examine and change negative thinking and habitual states of consciousness that lead to emotional illness. These practices support the healing process during your psychotherapeutic treatment and after therapy, using your strengthened skills can guide your continuing psychological movement toward self-actualization from within your own psyche as an organizing force. Merging cognitive psychology with humanistic psychology is a good partnership and an effective approach to searching for and settling internal conflicts. I call it a Psychology of Meaningful Choice.

Email or Call Royal E. Alsup, PhD, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22440

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group 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
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • 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
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
  • Dreamwork
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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