My name is Alisa Vincent.
I have a private practice in South Berkeley where I work to support teens, adults, and couples. My expertise lies in EMDR, which I use to work with issues including trauma, addictions, complex grief, anxiety, relationships, and transitions of all sorts.
I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute. There I came to appreciate the inter-subjective nature of therapy. In my mind, therapy is not a top-down process, but is a relationship we co-create specifically to suit your needs. I create an environment designed to help you feel safe, heard, and respected. I have a relational style, meaning you will receive feedback from me, and never feel like you’re talking to a blank wall.
My undergraduate education was done at U.C. Berkeley, where I received my B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. There I reveled in exploring different cultures and religions, and broadened my worldview by learning the limits of my own perspective in the midst of all that glorious diversity. I learned to set aside my assumptions to the best of my ability, and to try to truly understand the perspective of another.
Since beginning clinical work, I’ve been trained in both main schools of EMDR thought, and I pull from each to suit my clients’ needs. I’ve been practicing EMDR for several years now, and have seen great results with people of all ages and circumstances.
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 79906), working under the supervision of David Max PhD (PSY 12368).
Those are the basics of my professional background.
I’m happy to answer any further questions you might have, in person.
From a personal perspective, my interest in psychotherapy and anthropology arose partly because of my own experiences as someone from a multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural background. I’ve been interested in understanding and helping people since I was a young child. My father was a Respite Care Provider for an agency called Parental Stress Services (now Family Paths); when I was about four years old, I remember him telling me that these children were having a difficult time, and I could help by making them feel welcome, sharing my toys, and playing with them. Beginning with these early experiences, I’ve learned to become a good listener, and a good friend.
I chose psychotherapy for many reasons, one of the main ones being that there is nothing so gratifying as being able to connect with people on a basic human level when they are in distress. Sometimes, this connection is in the form of just listening, sometimes it’s using my expertise to actively help.
In my own life I’ve had some pretty big challenges; therapy, and in particular EMDR and attachment work, have been invaluable to me. I truly believe I can do the most good in this world by paying those gifts forward.
Everyone deserves an opportunity to have a full and unhindered life. Of course that looks different for each of us, but what we share is an intrinsic longing for hope, wholeness, empowerment, and meaning. It’s my privilege and passion to help clients nourish that longing into a drive, and to help them gain a sense of mastery and direction in their own lives.
Merely by reading this, it’s clear you’re taking first steps towards change. I hope that you explore the rest of the website, where I answer frequently asked questions, and provide psychoeducation through my blog. If you’re interested in meeting in person, I encourage you to reach out to me, either by booking a session online, or by calling (510) 306-1574.
Until then, I wish you the very best,
The office is bright, clean, quiet, and best of all, very comfortable. It is a safe and calm space where you can relax.
The building is secure, and is located right at the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Woolsey Street in South Berkeley.