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Meet the Therapist: an Interview with Alexis Tyson

May 16, 2024
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Mental Health Awareness Month takes place every May. As part of our campaign, we’re highlighting mental health professionals in our network. You can read all the stories here.

In this interview, Tava spoke with Alexis Tyson, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who operates her private practice through Tava. Alexis shares her experience as a therapist.  

About Alexis Tyson

Alexis Tyson has been practicing for 12 years and has been in the Tava Health network for 2 years. She uses Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma-informed therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Couples and Family therapy. Alexis grew up in Guam and Hawaii.

Learn more about Alexis and if she’s a good match for you here.

What do you enjoy about working with Tava?

I enjoy working with Tava because I don't have to fight with insurance companies or wait for insurance payouts.

What inspired you to become a therapist, and how has your journey shaped your approach to therapy?

Being an active duty member of the military and seeing the fragmentation of individuals' minds encouraged me to help others. 

Can you share a particularly rewarding or impactful experience you've had while working with a client?

Planting the seed for development and betterment.

How do you stay informed about the latest developments and research in the field of mental health to better serve your clients?

Through Continuing Education Units (CEUs), independent research, peer support groups, consultations, and training.

In your opinion, what are some common misconceptions about therapy, and how do you address them with your clients?

A common misconception is that therapists give advice. With my clients, we discuss expectations, and educate them on what therapy is, and the roles between client and therapist. 

What strategies do you employ to create a comfortable and safe environment for your clients to open up and express themselves?

I build rapport, discuss the limits to confidentiality, and maintain a non-judgmental environment. 

How do you approach the topic of self-care and prevent burnout as a therapist?

I prevent burnout by maintaining self-awareness and being introspective. I prioritize self-care, I maintain a manageable caseload, and I acknowledge when I need time off. 

What advice would you give to individuals who are considering seeking therapy but may feel hesitant or unsure about taking that step?

I think it's important to acknowledge cultural or personal stigmas regarding mental health. Acknowledging that there are therapists out there with different levels of expertise. Lastly, therapy is difficult and not linear. I would say, don't be afraid to ask questions, do not feel obligated to stay with a therapist that you start with if it is not a good fit.

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