Alissa McAlpine Psychology
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
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If you are looking for a longer-term psychotherapy relationship for yourself or a young person and do not need to commence therapy immediately, you can register your interest by contacting me at
I'm Alissa (she/her), an experienced, kind and empathetic registered psychologist. I've been working in mental health for over a decade and have worked exclusively in youth mental health for most my career. See my LinkedIn for info on my experience.
I value engaging, attuned and respectful therapy. I'm trained in numerous evidence-based approaches and tailor them to suit the person I'm seeing. My style is conversational and down-to-earth. It's important to me that sessions feel like real, present and meaningful time together.
I am particularly interested in working with people who are looking for medium to longer-term therapy that helps you to explore and deeply understand yourself. It can involve exploring your relationships, your feelings and behaviour, patterns that keep repeating and how the past influences your life in the present. Understanding yourself empowers you with insight and conscious choice in your life to make lasting changes. This depth-oriented psychotherapy is grounded in having a safe, consistent therapeutic relationship and informed by a relational, psychodynamic, family systems and attachment-based framework.
Who I see.
I focus on working with older children, adolescents, young adults, parents/carers and families. I am very knowledgeable in all-things youth mental health, teen-specific parenting and have an honest understanding of what it's like to be figuring life out as a young person.
I'm also open to seeing adults that are young at heart, especially those who had a difficult time as a young person.
What I offer.
I offer individual therapy, family-inclusive sessions and family therapy. This can be in person or over Telehealth. I have niche experience in educational engagement so I can liaise with schools and help you navigate the system. See the list of services here
I also offer clinical supervision to professionals working in the youth mental health sector, including youth workers, case workers and allied health professionals. I am a board-approved clinical supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and can provide supervision for provisional psychologists completing the 4+2 or 5+1 registration pathway. I also enjoy working with education staff looking to deepen their understanding of youth mental health, school refusal and incidental counselling.
What to expect.
You can expect to be listened to, cared for and given choices about what happens. Things will go at your pace. The first session will be a conversation about what is going on and an opportunity for you to suss out if we click.
Starting therapy can be nerve-racking as well as a relief or even something you're sceptical about. All of these feelings are okay and we can talk openly about what it's like for you.
The services I offer and the fees are listed here.
My services are very cost-effective in comparison to the current industry rates recommended by the Australian Psychological Society.
How to book.
Please e-mail me to make an enquiry. I will arrange for you and I to have a quick chat to figure out what would be the best fit for your needs.
G03/27 Atchison Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
Within the multidisciplinary Stella Health Centre
5 minute walk from bus stops and Wollongong train station
On street parking available
fax: 4204 1546
Phone details are available upon request
Bookings are essential
Appointments are available Monday to Friday, from the late morning into the evening
Referrals and Mental Health Treatment Plans are not required to book