Alissa McAlpine Psychology
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
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Thank you for visiting! Unfortunately, I don't have immediate availability for new clients at the moment. You are welcome to make enquiries however please expect wait times.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Alissa (she/her), thanks for visiting! I'm a registered psychologist and my practice is devoted to working exclusively with adolescents and young adults. I focus on providing psychotherapy (particularly medium/longer-term therapy) and support for the important people around them.
I've worked in mental health services for over a decade and the majority of my career has been immersed in youth mental health. See my LinkedIn for info on my experience.
My therapy approach.
I care about providing engaging, attuned and respectful therapy with a healthy dash of humour. My style is conversational, collaborative and down-to-earth. It's important to me that you feel like I'm on your team, we are in it together and our sessions are real, present and genuine time together.
I'm particularly interested in longer-term therapeutic relationships that support teens and young adults as they grow through life's ups and downs. Working with young people over time allows us to create a safe space to openly explore who they are, why they feel the way they feel (and do what they do) to pinpoint what they truly need to thrive; and I'll be there for support and guidance as this self-knowledge translates into making meaningful real-world choices.
It's an empowering, honest process that builds confidence in who you are from a place of informed intuition and nuanced insight. It can involve exploring relationships, figuring out how you really feel, being thoughtful about your behaviour, curiosity about patterns that keep repeating, piecing together how the past influences life in the present, acknowledging the validity of vulnerability, workshopping wise choices and accepting what you can't change. We'll continue to make sense of life as it happens over time, in light of what you're learning about yourself.
This depth-oriented psychotherapy is grounded in having a safe, consistent therapeutic relationship and particularly informed by a relational, psychodynamic, family systems and attachment-based theoretical framework.
Who I see.
I only work with adolescents, young adults, parents/carers and families. Being passionate about only working with this age group means I spend every day growing and fine-tuning my knowledge of how unique and dynamic this age is - emotionally, developmentally, systemically, socially and realistically. I get what it's like to be figuring life out as a young person, and know how finesse in teen-specific parenting can make all the difference.
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 as a board-approved supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). I provide secondary supervision for provisional psychologists completing the 4+2 or 5+1 registration pathway and front-line workers in the youth mental health sector: including allied health professionals, youth workers and caseworkers. I'm passionate about supporting professionals to develop an authentic clinical orientation and/or interpersonal style. I also work with education staff looking to deepen their understanding of youth mental health, school avoidance 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 see 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.
I provide a confidential, safe and inclusive space. I proudly support the LGBTIQA+, neurodivergent, sex work, disability, First Nations and racially diverse communities. I provide secular, sex positive, trauma sensitive and gender affirming support that also acknowledges the role of social and structural inequality in mental health.
Confidentiality is a cornerstone of good therapy - you can learn more about it from ReachOut and Youth Beyond Blue. We will discuss confidentiality in the first session, as what we talk about in therapy is confidential from parents (and everyone else) except in certain situations - e.g. if you are in danger or if you want something to be shared with others.
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