Alyse Dittrich, M.A

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I do this work because I believe strongly that mental health is health. I want to be part of a world where seeking access to mental healthcare is viewed no differently than seeking out a medical care when a bone is broken.

I have a long-standing desire to learn as much as I can about the human experience; the good, bad and the everything in between. As a therapist, my main goal is to validate my clients’ experiences and create a space where they feel heard and understood. I hope to help clients see that they have the ability to withstand any and every emotion they experience. I believe that we begin to tolerate our emotional experiences, we can then listen and learn what those emotions are communicating.

One of my deepest passions is walking with clients through the journey of rejecting diet culture, and doing so at whatever pace feels most comfortable for them. My ultimate goal is to help clients build a respectful and trusting relationship with their bodies and learn that health has nothing to do with the number on a scale.

When I'm not working, I am either reading, making puzzles, or watching basketball. I adore animals and think that connections with pets are some of the most special things in life.

Alyse Dittrich, M.A. specializes in the mental health treatment of individuals across the lifespan. She has experience working at all levels of care, including treating patients at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and in outpatient treatment settings. She utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in much of her work, a treatment approach that draws upon a client’s unique experiences and values and helps them to live a more connected and meaningful life.

Alyse is completing her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Xavier University, and her work at Galia is supervised by Dr. Amber Stevens. Her research at Xavier is currently exploring the relationship between COVID-19-related post-traumatic stress and burnout. Specifically, she is working to examine how frontline medical professionals have experienced pandemic stress. She is excited to integrate her clinical passion with research that could help inform how to provide care for those who have cared for us during this challenging time in history.

I believe..

  • I believe that we grow the most when we are uncomfortable.

  • I believe that we can dismantle diet culture, one day at a time.

  • I believe that sensitivity is a super-power.

  • I believe that all foods fit.

  • I believe that two things can be true at the exact same time.

  • I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have and that everyone can always do better.

  • I believe that all bodies are bikini bodies.

  • I believe that we can do hard things.


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