About Alyssa Durigon
Alyssa Durigon is a Psychotherapy intern in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier. Alyssa has previously completed an Honours Bachelor Degree in Applied Science, majoring in Human Behaviour, with minors in Mental Health and Addictions, as well as Religion, Culture and Society from McMaster University.
Alyssa takes a humanistic approach in counselling to focus on the unique needs and experiences of an individual while considering a therapeutic approach. Alyssa creates a non-judgmental space for clients to explore their goals, needs and concerns. She focuses on supporting clients to regain an understanding of themselves and their goals while facilitating action towards self-compassion, gratitude and love. Alyssa takes an anti-oppressive approach to all models of therapy and is skilled in addressing conflict resolution, effective coping strategies and creative problem solving.
Alyssa has experience working with adults and young adults through a range of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, spirituality, chronic pain and queer-related problems. Alyssa has worked with individuals in long-term care experiencing a range of multidimensional issues. This prepared Alyssa to support individuals of various life stages who struggle with day-to-day challenges as well as major life events.
Alyssa is a yoga and meditation instructor in the community and is very passionate about mindfulness based exercises. Alyssa has gained immense experience in guiding these practices and enjoys teaching classes which focus on self-love, and gratitude. Alyssa understands the importance of community engagement and spiritual exploration. Alyssa’s education background and personal experiences lend a strong foundation for individuals seeking support in their alternative spiritual journey.
In addition, Alyssa has experience with a chronic pain and feels extremely equipped to support individuals navigating challenges related to their condition. She understands the logistical, mental and emotional difficulties that can accompany chronic pain and disability. Alyssa helps individuals regain a sense of strength and identity after diagnoses and establish confidence in vocalizing their needs.
As a member of the queer community, Alyssa is interested in working with individuals who are seeking support from a fellow community member. Alyssa has studied queer theory and is equipped to navigate complex topics relating to ones identity. Alyssa is an advocate for queer inclusion, representation and diversity. She aims to support individuals through affirmation therapy and intersectional feminist approaches. Alyssa is passionate about supporting individuals on their journey of self-compassion and facilitates strength and confidence in claiming ones identity.
Alyssa is also available for couples counselling and is certificated in emotionally focused couples therapy (level 1) and the Gottman Method (level 1). She encourages couples to seek deeper connection, re-build trust and explore healing as a team. Alyssa is equipped to support a variety of relationships including open partnership, polyamory and queer identified relationships.
In her personal life, Alyssa enjoys engaging with creative projects and exploring artistic mediums. She regularly attends yoga and meditation sessions as well as teaches classes in the community. Alyssa is passionate about cooking, spending time in nature and connecting with friends and family.