Alissa Goldberg, LMSW

I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who are struggling to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. My clients face a range of pressures to fit with expectations from friends, family, and coworkers. They wrestle with self-criticism, intense emotions and mood swings, and report feelings of despair about how to make things better. They may feel so broken down and overwhelmed that they use substances, hurt themselves, or engage in other impulsive behaviors to feel better, but shame and despair usually follow. They face so many different pressures from friends, family, coworkers to behave in a certain way, but often struggle to identify their own wants and needs. My clients are intelligent and brave who are struggling to balance the demands of life against relationship conflicts, identity uncertainty, anxiety, depression, and a sense of hopelessness and pessimism about things feeling better.

Having strong emotions can often feel overwhelming and out of control, leaving you unsure of who you are or where you are going. My work is devoted to helping people through life’s challenges and transitions using a non-judgmental approach. I work to help my clients get back to a life worth living, gain stability, and to become the best versions of themselves. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and am a Licensed Masters Social Worker. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital and use a variety of approaches to best fit my clients needs. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the therapeutic modality of choice when working with individuals struggling with intense and fluctuating moods and emotions; in addition to offering skills for emotional crises and interpersonal communication, a primary goal of DBT is to build a “life worth living” and to learn strategies to help you find your way to your self.  Seeking out a therapist can be hard, yet it is a courageous first step to bettering your life. Call me and we can get started.