As part of our series highlighting our members, this week we are learning more about Alyssa Cornett, LMFT. Alyssa works with a range of populations, individuals and groups, with specialties in marriage and families, self-esteem and spirituality, anxiety/depression and more. Alyssa brings her optimistic spirit and enthusiasm for helping others to our group. We are grateful to have her on board.
Little snippet about me: I am born and raised in Austin, Texas (I’ve heard we’re called Unicorns nowadays since we’re so rare? I’m not sure about all of that, but Unicorns are pretty cool, so I’ll take it!). I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em Horns!) as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. I enjoy traveling, eating yummy foods, reading a good book, doing outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, playing soccer; enjoying Texas Country concerts and doing it all and much more with my wonderfully supportive and adventurous husband, family and friends.
How did you choose to go into therapy?
Deciding to become a therapist felt like second nature to me. Growing up, it seemed as if I was regularly sought out for insight, input, guidance, etc. and I began to find my voice a bit in that context. It provided a sense of fulfillment within me that I hadn’t experienced before and felt as if helping others in such an intimate and authentic way was a piece of my purpose in life.
That continued to manifest well into college and my continued education through graduate school. My interest and curiosity for the meaning and journey behind people’s actions and behaviors is what really fueled me to continue pursuing this field even deeper and is a constant driver in my daily practice as well.
I regularly find myself attending multiple CEU’s [continuing education classes], despite already meeting the “required amount," based on that curiosity alone. I feel as if I am forever growing, as I hope we all may be in some form or fashion, and I truly enjoy being a part of that growth for others.
If you were in a different profession, what would you choose and why?
If I could go into a different profession, I think I would choose to go into interior design! To live and breathe in spaces that reflect a sense of comfort is so important to me. Our surroundings can so heavily contribute to our moods, and given every individuals unique reactivity across varying environments, it seems like it would be really cool to help a client channel that uniqueness and create a space that reflects and embodies the energy and vibe they may personally need. Not to mention Pinterest is chock full of ideas just waiting to be brought to life ;) !
If you could go anywhere, where and why?
I am such a wanderluster, my travel list is constantly ever-growing. I crave to experience the world, and all of its little nooks and have really grown a passion for experiencing cultures I’m unfamiliar with, trying food I’ve never heard of and venturing off the beaten path. Austin will forever be my home, and I love exploring every bit of it just as much as any place else, but with all that the world has to offer, I figure, why not venture out?!
A few top choices on my list: Thailand, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, India,Costa Rica, and a revisit to Zion (can’t beat that it’s gorgeous and close to home); the list goes on!
What is your ultimate comfort food?
Ooh, that’s a tough one...I have phases where I engulf pasta by the bowlfuls then other times when my sweet tooth kicks in hard and cookies and milk for dinner becomes absolutely appropriate. So I guess, depending on what “food phase” I’m in, pasta and cookies are my go to.
What is your main goal for the coming year?
Although I feel as if I have many goals both personally and professionally, I am attempting to actively pursue them with my core values in mind: Growth, Balance and Exploration; which I would like to think is a goal in and of itself.
The society we live in does a pretty great job at swaying us all across the board sometimes, so it can be easy to lose sight of the purpose and intention we had when we first set out to journey towards accomplishing our goals. That being said, engaging through a more fully authentic lens has the capacity to span across all areas of my life day in and day out and hopefully prove to be more fulfilling and rewarding overall.
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