What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
When I was in college, I met with a Sports Psychologist and loved that I had a space to talk with someone about my issues at the time. I was inspired by what I was able to discover about myself with the support of a nonjudgmental professional.
I became a therapist because I wanted to make a difference for individuals who have limited access to mental health services or individuals in underserved communities.
What does a typical session with you look like?
In my sessions, I use an integrative approach that is specific for each of my clients. I am pretty laid back and allow clients to feel that they are a huge contributor to the space.
Each of my client sessions are 50 minutes long.
What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?
If my clients and colleagues were to identify my therapist superpower, they may state that I’m patient and can adjust.
I am adjustable because I am a huge advocate for inclusivity. Diversity and inclusion are huge components of my practice.
I am patient with myself and others. This is a skill I developed being an athlete, where I learned to be patient with myself and my teammates.
Alycia Hornsby is supervised by Dr. Melanie Gonzalez, PsyD, LMFT (License #116208)
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.