Welcome to My Wellbeing!

I'm so glad you're here. Welcome to My Wellbeing, where we connect you with the right therapist for you in NYC. Not ready for the therapy part? That's okay, we are passionate about talking about the importance of self-care, and we are grateful you've opted-in to learn a little bit more about us and about therapy.

My name is Alyssa. I am a therapist, social worker, writer, and entrepreneur. I am in therapy myself and could not be more proud of that. But, it took me a while to get there.

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A big part of my journey was finding a therapist who understands me, who is my advocate, and who helps me understand that whatever my truth happens to be, it is valid, it is worth sharing, and I am likely not alone.

I started My Wellbeing in a large part due to my own difficulty finding a therapist who resonates with me. I started training as a therapist, and found myself visiting therapist after therapist, consistently disappointed by the experience (sometimes having outright negative or offensive experiences), and all the more disappointed in myself. I kept asking myself, "Why is it so hard to find the right therapist?" which often led to, "Is there something wrong with me?"

I'm happy to tell you there is nothing wrong with you. It is surprisingly and frustratingly challenging to find a therapist in New York City who you can connect with. Logistics like fee and location, understanding what technique would be best for you, and trusting your instinct to judge on chemistry and rapport, are all factors that can get in the way.

I created My Wellbeing to help you find your fit. Yes, therapy can be uncomfortable. You're on the verge of sharing thoughts and feelings you've likely been hiding from yourself for a long time to a relative stranger, and that's bound to feel a little strange. Yes, a lot is up to rapport. Chemistry is responsible for over 70% of what makes therapy work (I know, sounds a lot like dating).

Rest assured, my team and I understand the therapy space and we are here to help you. If something doesn't feel right about the first connection, we're here to talk it through, and connect you with another therapist. Every step of the way, we are here, until you find a fit you feel safe with.

If you're looking for help, have some questions, or want to find your therapist right away, email me at alyssa@mywellbeing.us.

In the meantime, I'll provide some here-and-now tools you can use right away for self-care, as well as more perspective about who we are and why we do what we do here at My Wellbeing. Some topics to look forward to include a preview of Spotify's new podcast on mental health and startups, pro-basketball player Kevin Love's experience with anxiety and journey toward becoming therapy's biggest fan, tips on maintaining self-care during a busy work week and managing the difficult swings of trauma, and more from me later on about my own personal journey with mental health.

You can subscribe to My Wellbeing's blog any time, where you'll find weekly thought pieces on all things mental health and therapy.

I'll say it again: I'm so glad you're here. You are your most important asset, and now is the time to take care of yourself. We're here to help however we can.

Alyssa Petersel