Counseling with Alicia is a telehealth-only therapy practice that provides convenient, secure, online therapy sessions to those living in the Tallahassee and Big Bend areas. *Note: we may offer more traditional face-to-face sessions in the future, but not at this time*
I specialize in gender and sexuality, trauma, sexual assault recovery, domestic violence recovery, anxiety and depression, self harm, and self esteem. I am qualified to help with most mental health challenges and life transitions. I currently see adolescents (13+) and adults (18+). I have a passion for client empowerment and working together as a collaborative team to work toward your desired goals. I utilize a variety of methods, including Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strengths- Based, and Narrative Therapy, which are fancy ways of saying that there is not one treatment type that works best for everyone. Together, we will work toward your goals of improving your mental health.
I strongly believe in equality, inclusion, and open mindedness in therapy. I am a very sex positive therapist and believe that therapy should provide a comforting environment where you can fully open up and be yourself.
I am an ally and advocate for many groups, including LGBTQIA+, people living with HIV/AIDS, people in open or non-monogamous relationships, people that participate in any type of kink, and people in the profession of sex work. I believe in the body positivity movement and know what a challenge it can be just to feel comfortable in your own skin. I am an advocate and ally for racial justice and equality. We are all just doing the best we can in this life, trying to live our best lives, and therapy should be a place free from judgment.
I earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University (c/o 2010), as well as a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University (c/o 2013). I am currently a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern with the State of Florida. I have a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS). I have over 12 years of experience providing advocacy and counseling services to clients battling trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. In addition to private counseling, I work as an on-call sexual assault crisis advocate. I am also an adjunct professor at Florida State University's College of Social Work, where I primarily teach Human Sexuality, but also a variety of other undergraduate and graduate level courses.
In my free time, I enjoy volunteering with the Hang Tough Foundation to provide individual and group counseling to their clients. I also have a passion for animals. For the past 8 years, I have volunteered with the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Animal Therapy Program. I currently have 2 dogs enrolled in the program. They also occasionally make appearances during client sessions. I enjoy reading, meditation, yoga, journaling, traveling, and believe in lifelong learning "for fun" and personal growth.