Alyssa Durigon, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #16053

Alyssa Durigon

Populations Served: Adults (14+)
Services: Individual & Couples Counselling
Therapies Practiced: Humanistic Approach, Mindfulness Based Approach, Intersectional
Feminist Approach, Anti-oppressive Approach, Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Method
Focus: Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Neurodivergence (ADHD), Identity Issues, Life Transitions, Relationships, Spiritual Struggles, LGBTQ2S+
Languages Spoken: English
Insurance Info: Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #16053

About Alyssa Durigon

Alyssa Durigon is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #16053 and member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She earned her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier and is pursuing a PhD program in Expressive Art Therapy. Alyssa completed her internship at MyLife Counselling under the supervision of our clinical manager Emily Hansen. 

Alyssa has experience working with adults and young adults through a range of issues including neurodivergence (ADHD), anxiety, depression, anger, loss of identity, spirituality, relationship issues, chronic pain and queer-related problems. Alyssa deeply considers the unique experiences of her client and takes a harm-reduction approach while developing coping skills and supporting her clients in regaining their confidence. 

Alyssa is also available for couples counselling and is certificated in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (level 1) and the Gottman Method (level 1). Although Alyssa relies on these evidence-based approaches to couples therapy, she also recognizes that many relationships have unique dynamics which are better approached with flexibility and creativity. Alyssa 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.

Alyssa takes a humanistic approach in counselling to focus on the unique needs and experiences of an individual. Alyssa prioritizes creating a non-judgmental space for clients to explore their needs and concerns. She supports clients in finding and understanding their identity 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. She also includes the arts in therapy and values the evidence-based research which supports the arts as tools for healing. Alyssa continues to study expressive arts therapy and is eager to learn, share and explore holistic wellness with clients.  As a yoga and meditation instructor, Alyssa is also passionate about mindfulness-based exercises. She has gained immense experience in guiding these practices and enjoys supporting clients in finding emotions within the body. Alyssa’s experience in connecting the mind, body and spirit often helps clients explore healing in a new way. 

Alyssa understands the importance of community engagement and spiritual exploration. Her educational background and personal experiences lend a strong foundation for individuals seeking support in their alternative spiritual journey.  

Alyssa also has experience with chronic pain and supports 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 one’s 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 one’s identity.

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. 

Email: alyssa.durigon@mylifecounselling.ca
Phone: 1-800-828-9484 (ext. 110)

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