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Allyssa Rivera Psychotherapy, LCAT

Allyssa Rivera provides a warm, embodied approach, inviting adults and adolescents to creatively explore their strengths and needs and address relationships, identity, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, substance use, and life transitions. She collaborates with clients to develop an environment that fosters curiosity, growth, and radical acceptance of all parts of the Self.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I offer an embodied presence and space for you to creatively sort through any areas in your life that need attention and balance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The expressive arts played a crucial role in my development, providing me with the creative outlet and tools needed to explore and navigate the complexities of my bicultural identity and the greater social systems I was a part of. Further exposure to sociocultural issues as an anthropology student led me back to my greatest passions of dance and the healing arts. I saw them as a means to serve others in their pursuit of deeper connection, growth, and understanding of themselves and the worlds they move through. I have brought this intention to my work in schools, inpatient psychiatric units, and the communities I inhabit.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer an embodied presence and space for you to creatively sort through any areas in your life that need attention and balance. Meeting you where you are, we will honor, strengthen, and discover together the manners in which you feel most empowered to express your authenticity and embody optimal health in your mind-body connection. After our first session, wherein we will discuss your challenges and intentions for our work together, we will develop a breathable and fluid treatment plan with short and long-term goals that feel realistic, grounding, and exciting! Somatic practices and the creative process will always be at your disposal to create an integrative experience that supports greater wellness and vitality in body, mind, and spirit.
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How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My experiences as a bilingual, bicultural Latinx person have greatly informed my commitment to holding space for issues around racial identity, social justice, and intergenerational trauma. As a LGBTQ+, ENM/poly, and kink-affirmer, I approach therapy as a supportive and nourishing container for all stories and experiences to be held, seen, and validated. I believe we all deserve this equally.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Iā€™m excited by the ways access to care has expanded through teletherapy and allowed lesser-known modalities like the expressive arts therapies to reach people who might find talk therapy difficult to engage in. I am also heartened to see greater acknowledgement of somatics and mindfulness as key components of transformative and holistic therapy. I am enthusiastic about offering the space and tools that provide us with a deeper connection.
What is dance/movement therapy? What does a D/MT session look like?
I provide talk therapy with the option of combining elements of dance/movement therapy (D/MT). Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of dance and movement to support emotional, physical, social, and cognitive integration. Like all bodies, a D/MT session can take many forms depending on your needs, comforts, and treatment goals. We may simply bring attention to the body, to feelings, and to the sensations that arise when engaging in verbal processes in an effort to reveal the roots of unhealthy reactions, behaviors, and habits. If interested, we could use movement, improvisational dance, and embodied storytelling to give expression and bring light to patterns, beliefs, and past trauma hidden in the body and in the unconscious. In these creative processes of gathering information and wisdom from the body, we will explore conscious and embodied decision-making that serves your wellbeing. D/MT can also take the form of mindfulness practices, breathwork, stress, and anxiety-relieving techniques.
“Meeting you where you are, we will honor, strengthen, and discover together the manners in which you feel most empowered to express your authenticity and embody optimal health in your mind-body connection.”
Interested in speaking with Allyssa?