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Counselor / Therapist

Carissa Ali, LAC

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National Certified Counselor
Licensed Associate Counselor
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Bio
Specialties: Including but not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Postpartum, PTSD and Trauma, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorder, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Behavioral Issues, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control, Personality Disorders, Codependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Body Image Issues, Self-Esteem, Crisis Intervention, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Relationship and Familial Issues, Peer Relationships, Communication Issues, LGBTQA+ Issues, Sexual and Gender Identity, Racial Identity, Multicultural Issues, Spirituality, Men’s and Women’s Issues, Anger Management, Stress Management, Coping Skills, Academic Underachievement, Life Coaching, Career and College Counseling, Life Skills, Time Management, Self-Care and Wellness, Weight Loss, Mindfulness, and Meditation

Adolescents (14 and up), Young Adults, and Adults.


Educational Background:I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from CACREP accredited Georgian Court University, and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a Licensed Associate Counselor, I have extensive experience working with a wide range of diverse clientele from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I have worked in clinical outpatient settings, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Adult Residential Substance Abuse Rehab Care, providing Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and Psycho-Educational Facilitation.

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to openly and honestly explore their thoughts, feelings, and concerns; as well as their goals and dreams for the present and the future. Every individual is different, and with that in mind, I strive to meet you where you are, to begin to assist you in your journey toward wellness. I believe in establishing a mutually respectful, trusting relationship in order to work together to gain insight and develop strategies that will enable you to build confidence and the skills to move toward self-acceptance, inner peace, and the ability to trust yourself.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Certifications
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State)