Zooming in on . . . Alyse Eldred, LMFT
Alyse Eldred is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and specializes in Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
How long has your business been located in the Zaferia area of Long Beach?
In July of 2017 I relocated my office to the 5150 E. P.C.H. professional building.
What need does your business meet for residents of Long Beach?
I provide psychotherapy services to the residents of Long Beach. My practice has naturally grown to a majority of my clients suffering from anxiety for a variety of reasons. Through my work in helping them resolve their issues, I’ve come to find that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often an underlying cause of their anxiety, which I find very interesting. Most people think of OCD as rituals that are acted out to help one cope with the obsession, but it can also manifest as ruminations or intrusive thoughts. I work with the client to help them understand it how they can work through it by using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention.
Why do your clients/customers select you over your competitors?
My clients choose me because I have specialized skills that they know will help. My clients find me to be real and approachable. I am not the type of therapist to just sit and listen to you. I am very active in the process and my goal is for my client to feel empowered with the tools I provide them. Many of my clients come to me by way of referral from other clients or they find me on the Psychology Today website.
What is your background and how did you get started with your business?
I grew up in Glendale and went to UCSB as an undergraduate, then earned a Masters in Psychology from Chapman University in Santa Maria. While working for the San Louis Obispo Probation Department in the juvenile hall, becoming a therapist just seemed like a better way to help these young people. Getting your MFT license is a huge process and you have to get 3,000 hours of client contact as an intern before you can even take the exam. I moved to Long Beach in 2014 to take an internship at the Chicago School of Psychology in Irvine. I received my license in November of 2016 and quickly realized that I wanted to open my own practice. I keep up to date on all research relating to OCD to learn how to better help my clients and it continues to fascinate me.