Elyse Bassman, ACMHC

Elyse Bassman, ACMHC

Philosophy of Care

First and foremost, I believe deeply in each person’s wholeness and capacity to heal. I believe that all human beings, at their core, have access to innate sanity and wholeness; we may not always feel connected to it, but it is always there. Therefore, I view my role as a therapist as helping clients to reconnect to this innate sanity. I do not believe in “fixing” clients because as humans we are not broken. Rather, I see my role as a guide who assists clients in bearing what is true, connecting to the wisdom of emotions, building life skills, and bringing curiosity and compassion to the places inside that are wounded or confused.

I believe in the power of trust and safety. I strive to create an environment where each client feels wholly accepted for who they are so that vulnerability and change can be possible. I also believe in collaboration and client-centered therapy. Each client is unique and I strive to meet each client where they are.

I work from a trauma-informed perspective that takes into account the ways the internal
system has adapted to challenging life experiences and created protective strategies to maintain safety. I also integrate mindfulness and Internal Family Systems Therapy into sessions with clients. I believe that there is great power in noticing what is happening and bringing curiosity and compassion to the internal world.

Education and Licensure

  • Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor Extern, July 2018
  • Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Contemplative Psychotherapy concentration, Naropa University

Clinical Experience

I can trace my desire to be a therapist back to an early age. Seeing and feeling the suffering that is inherent in life, I felt a deep desire to help bring relief. This began a long journey of working in the mental health field and eventually getting my degree in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked with many different ages and with people struggling with a variety of issues. Some of my early experiences include facilitating therapeutic writing exercises for children who lost a parent and working in residential settings at mental health treatment centers supporting clients in building skills to cope with life’s challenges. During graduate school, I worked as a therapeutic housemate to someone experiencing psychosis, as a mentor to teenagers struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, and as a caregiver for elderly clients experiencing dementia. My first internship in graduate school was at a hospice providing grief counseling to family members of hospice patients. During my second internship, I worked in a university setting providing individual and group counseling to undergraduate and graduate students with varying issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, life transitions, and substance abuse issues. I also recently worked in a wilderness therapy setting, providing individual and group counseling to teenagers struggling with mental health, substance abuse, and family issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Area of Specialty

    Helping People With
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating Disorders
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Grief/Bereavement and Loss
    • Interpersonal Issues
    • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy
    • Life Transitions
    • Maladaptive Coping Skills
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Relationship Issues/Strengthening Healthy Relationships
    • Self-Esteem
    • Self-Harm
    • Sexual Trauma
    • Social Anxiety
    • Spiritual/Faith/Religious Transitions
    • Stress Management
    • Substance Abuse
    • Suicidal Ideation
    • Teen Issues
    • Trauma & Abuse
    Trained in
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Client-Centered Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Internal Family Systems Therapy
    • Mindfulness