ABOUT

About

Everyone has a story, everyone deserves to talk to someone every now and then.

At Summer Sessions Counseling, equity and access to therapy is essential. You have access from the

convenience of home, with no concern of commute, interfering in other life needs, all with complete

confidentiality. Whether it is brief, or a life transition that you are seeking support, if you have value

for having a confidential outlet, you deserve to be heard, and you deserve self-care. Live true to yourself

and be proud to practice self-care. No shame in getting a little therapy.

 

Many times, overwhelming feelings can pull you away from living your best life and living to your potential.  

I am an eclectic counselor that would be filled with gratitude to support you.  I am an LCMHC

(Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor) & I'm here to help you!

I am currently providing telehealth to many states in the USA as well as countries around the world.

Let's get back to living life unapologetically!

 

SPECIALTIES

  • Stress, Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem

  • Adjustments / Life Changes

  • Military Transitions

  • Teens & Young Adults

I also have experience in LGBTQ, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes

Years of Experience: 5
 

I expect nothing less than being held to professional standards.  However, in full disclosure, I don't take myself too seriously, and I wholeheartedly feel that being a bit goofy, and being quirky, and maybe a bit different is okay!  Many times, it is more than ok, and what makes us more of an individual, helps on the journey to wellness, being unapologetically yourself, putting a laugh out there to the universe and finding the good things in life along the way. Humor and levity may be evident and incorporated into the therapeutic process.  

 

I feel that everyone should have the ability to access mental wellness support and counseling.  As a military spouse, and moving all over the country for 18 years, allthewhile working in the helping profession, I have grown to recognize the cultural apprehension, inability to access and equity issues that surround access to counseling.  

Summer Sessions Counseling is founded on the belief that mental wellness support should be accessible by everyone without stigma, physical access and transportation barriers, without requiring a diagnosis, to access one's best self.

The Process

What is therapy like?  What can I expect from my first session?

The first session is typically a review of information you supplied on your intake form and address concerns that you may have.

 

As you progress in your therapeutic journey, you will get into the real nitty gritty, strategies & processing activities, psychotherapy, counseling activities, art therapy, journaling and carving a new path to your ultimate goal.

Telehealth & Teletherapy

What is telehealth?  Is telehealth or teletherapy right for me?

Telehealth and teletherapy are ways that individuals can access healthcare and therapy.  For our sessions, I use HIPAA compliant software and practices such as live video and phone for electronic communication and secure and private office space.  Telehealth can be used for many benefits, such as having access and equity in counseling support, having the convenience ant time, reducing the stigma that may be associated in some areas, and saving time in you overall day.  Additionally, research has found that therapeutic outcomes are just as evident and successful in telehealth sessions as they are in person.  

But the real questions is, are you ready?  Are you willing to try, to give yourself the time, self care and space you deserve?

In true counselor fashion, I want to compare the Pros & Cons of telehealth.  Please feel free to message me if you think I should add anything!

Benefits/Pros                                                                           Cons

Access                                                                                    No -or- less in person interactions

Equity                                                                                    Not intended for crisis situations

Can get to counseling even if not in town

Can get to counseling even if no therapists in your area

People who are homebound can participate

Those who's family may not approve can still participate

Those who want more control over privacy & confidentiality can participate

Less time out of work/school

Ease and flexibility of appointments

Convenience from your home/private office

No commute

No worry of the build up or anxiety surrounding an appointment

And of course:

NO going out to risk it with the germs!

Clients who participate in telehealth will be asked to sign an agreement stating that they "understand that the service provided through telehealth/telementalhealth/teletherapy/telepsychotherapy is not intended for crisis situations and urgent needs. In a crisis situation, I agree to call 911 or local emergency services, or visit the nearest emergency room.  Information shared with my counselor is confidential except in the following circumstances: If I present as a danger to myself or others, mandated reporting of abuse of children or elders, or if I sign a release of information." 

Additionally, a component of our service plan will include identifying clientele natural support system and nearby contacts that are safe and trusted people should a client need to call on them.

Contact

Alexann C. Masiko-Meyer, M.Ed, NCC. LCMHC, PPS

 

Tel: 805.270.5830‬ 

Fax: 855.871.9025​

alexann@SummerSessionsCounseling.org

Providing service to clientele in North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, New Hampshire, Utah, Virginia, Montana, Canada, England, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia.... and growing.

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