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CEO & Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Compassion Fatigue Specialist
$200 per 50 Min. Session
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Alyssa Najera is Chief Executive Officer of Small Town Counseling and Alyssa Najera Training and Consulting, a company dedicated to providing professional organizations with clinically informed training and services that support mental wellness at work.
Alyssa has facilitated in-person and virtual speaking events and onsite support services to organizations of all sizes. She has worked with leaders in Human Services, Foster Kinship and Care, school districts, and other industry organizations to develop and deliver clinically-informed training and education to both U.S. and international participants.
Through her personal and professional experiences, she has developed a passion for helping children heal from trauma and anxiety, and supporting professionals and organizations in high-stress work environments. Alyssa is committed to the communities we serve and is always looking for opportunities to increase mental health awareness.
Therapists Uncut Podcast
Alyssa Najera is also co-host on the new THERAPISTS UNCUT Podcast (available on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Stitcher, and Libsyn ), a video podcast for grown ups that aims to make the topic of mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation.
We want to make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. We want to normalize therapists (yes, therapists are people too) and normalize going to therapy. Because going to therapy doesn’t make you crazy, it means your actively working through the emotional sh*t we all have and working on being your best you. And that’s commendable. So, if you’re up for it…
SUBSCRIBE to the THERAPISTS UNCUT PODCAST for casual conversation, guest interviews, inspirational stories and good laughs!
Whether it's parenting, depression, anxiety, relationships, or First Responder mental health, there's something for everyone. Click here to find a topic you relate to.
Oakdale Leader News
"COVID-19 Consequence: Teen Anxiety on the Rise"
Patterson Irrigator News
"Invest In Me Holds 6th Annual Youth Empowerment Conference"
Neile Vento, Patterson Irrigator. March 18, 2021. Read full article.
On February 26th, Alyssa Najera facilitated one of two workshops titled Myths, Mindset, and Permission to Feel: The Truth About Emotions and How to Deal at the 6th annual youth-led “Invest In Me Youth Empowerment Conference”. The Invest In Me non-profit was founded in 2013 and focuses on teaching young women the importance of self-empowerment, civic engagement, well-being and leadership.
This year the event drew its largest audience ever at around 100 participants logging on via Zoom. In addition to garnering its largest audience to date, the event also featured an esteemed group of speakers, which included: U.S. Representative Josh Harder, Stanislaus County Supervisor Channce Condit, Patterson City Council Member Shivaugn Alves, PJUSD Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Veronica Miranda, PJUSD Board of Trustee Member Deja Nair and Riverbank City Council Member Rachel Hernandez.
Here's what Invest In Me Founder and Executive Director, Erica Ayala had to say:
Adolescents have so many different pressures and their lives have been shaken up due to current times, this workshop focused on giving them permission to not feel 100% all of the time. Alyssa from Small Town Counseling did an amazing job in breaking down myths about emotions, discussing what teen anxiety can look like in home and social settings and how to deal with it.
Recognition And New Support For Crime Victims
Torrie James, myMotherlode. April 09, 2015. Read full article.
In 2015, in her previous role as Child Welfare Services Social Worker and Certified Child Forensic Interviewer, Alyssa Najera among other community members, were recognized by Tuolumne County District Attorney's office for delivering excellent care and services to Victims of Crime.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
Alyssa provides individual and family counseling services. She incorporates a combination of treatments and interventions including, but not limited to the following:
Alyssa Najera, LCSW spent several years working with children and families in the Child Welfare System as both a social worker and supervisor. She is familiar with the challenges and demands that can come with a high-stress job including high accountability, ongoing exposure to difficult situations, and risk for burnout.
As a Child Welfare social worker, Alyssa worked with Behavioral Health Services, Medical Professionals, and Community Providers to provide case management services to families exposed to trauma. Alyssa was also a member of a multidisciplinary team including the District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement and Child Welfare Services. She occupied the role of Child Forensic Interviewer, working with a team of professionals to create a safe space to conduct forensic interviews with children alleging sexual abuse.
Follow the below link to read more on Alyssa’s active involvement in working with victims of child sexual abuse.
Alyssa has provided counseling services to adults, children and families both in the Tuolumne County and Stanislaus County areas. Alyssa has experience in school-based counseling services providing brief, individual/family counseling (3-6 months) and case management to students receiving Special Education services.
Alyssa also obtained clinical training at the Office of Claudia Forster, LMFT in Sonora, California providing counseling services to children, adults, teens and families. Under clinical supervision, Alyssa had the privilege of helping children process emotional and sexual trauma, as well as support both the child and their families in navigating the emotions and events that follow a child’s disclosure. She has experience in both treating anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, grief, and depression.
Alyssa Najera, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist with personal and professional roots stemming from living and working in small town, rural areas. She values the power of relationships, collaboration and, most of all, community. Through her personal and professional experiences, Alyssa developed a passion for helping children heal from trauma and supporting adults in high-stress work environments.
Alyssa also provides education services to graduate level practicum students seeking their Masters in Social Worker (MSW) degree. She values and has a strong appreciation for the process of education, active reflection, growth, and creative problem-solving.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #86618
EMDR Trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Certified Child Forensic Interviewer | 2012-2016
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) | 2018
California Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) | 2015
CA State University, Stanislaus
Master of Social Worker (MSW) | 2012
B.A. Sociology | 2010
B.S. Business Administration | 2010