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dr. aliisa breisch
Dr. Aliisa Breisch
I grew up in a small, rural farming and agricultural town in eastern Montana. Growing up in a small town was filled with ups and downs. Life there was primarily focused on excelling at sports and fitting in. As with many other adolescent experiences, if you did not conform to those expectations, you were often met with ridicule and rejection. This small-town mindset and experience created significant anxiety and depression for me in my high school years, which was difficult. The culture in Montana is very much rooted in a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ mentality. I remember mental illness was seen as weakness and was stigmatized when I was growing up.
I remember working with a therapist at that time and feeling scared, vulnerable, and reluctant to open up. I thought to myself, ‘How can I talk to this stranger when I can’t even talk to my friends and family about all of this?’ These early experiences ignited a passion in me to help others, especially adolescents, as it is an incredibly difficult time of life. It also taught me the importance of building a strong, trusting relationship between therapist and client that continues to motivate me to genuinely connect with my clients today. My passion to help others motivated me to obtain my doctoral degree and clinical training experiences with a wide range of ages and issues. Throughout my training, I have worked with adults in recovery from addiction, college students in a university counseling center, and children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.