Meet Alissa

I am thrilled that you are considering investing in your relationship and sexual health! Maybe you’re experiencing a happy, stable period in your life and are hoping to enrich yourself and your relationships. Or perhaps you’re experiencing something painful and scary and are desperate for help, hope, and relief. Regardless of what brings you here today, psychotherapy is an investment worth making, and I would be honored to join you on the journey.

Alissa Goddard, BA, MS Candidate 

Professional Qualifications:

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Lewis & Clark Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapist Intern

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Clinical Supervisor: Maegan Megginson, MA, LMFT, LPC, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Degrees

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics - Hamilton College

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Master of Science Candidate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy - Lewis and Clark College

My Mission…

My mission is to help you define and achieve your own satisfying emotional and sexual relationship, whether that is with yourself, a partner, or partners. This process is about you and creating a sense of fulfillment that resonates with you. It can be hard to determine what we truly want when we are given so much contradictory advice and hear so many conflicting messages. However, if we can put aside the “shoulds” and arbitrary benchmarks, we can collaborate to create relationships that truly reflect who we are. My goal is to create a space that is free of pressures and expectations and is instead focused on what you want. I believe that you are the source of change, but everyone needs guidance and support, whether you feel strong and secure or feel scared and alone. I will collaborate with you to build your own narrative of what a healthy relationship looks and feels like, a narrative that honors and validates your experiences.

My Journey…

Two events occurred when I was a teenager that shaped my views of romantic relationships: my parents divorced, and I experienced mounting pressures around sexual expectations. While divorce is often associated with trauma, I was relieved. My parents eventually formed a supportive relationship after the divorce, but I believe they could have laid a foundation to demonstrate what a loving and healthy relationship looks like outside of marriage sooner had they sought therapy. Simultaneously, I experienced sexual insecurity due to misinformation and sex-negative dialogues around women’s first sexual experiences. In response to my own anxiety, I considered many forms of sexual expression, which helped me understand that at its most creative, sexuality is about sharing an intimate and unique form of self-expression. While both experiences were positive, each came with a certain degree of hardship and stress driven by societal narratives around sex, sexuality, and romantic relationships. This realization has fostered a desire to help others co-construct healthier and more satisfying concepts of relationships, sex, and sexuality.

Professionally, I believe the conversation around sex and sexuality needs to change to allow for more honesty and empowerment. I challenge myself to stay informed and am particularly interested in accessible sources of information by professionals as well as practical sexual guides including how-to, transformative, trauma-informed, and specialized guides. My education at Lewis and Clark is an extension of this search for empowering information and allows me to pursue my interest in sex therapy both through the sex therapy track and through a master’s thesis on a sex therapy intervention. However, being an effective sex therapist is impossible without a strong foundation as a couple and partners therapist. Lewis and Clark has created an environment that nurtures this therapeutic focus, and I am strengthening this foundation by working in an environment that encourages thoughtful and informed practice at The Center for Couples and Sex Therapy.

When I am not in the office, I am exploring the trails in and around Portland, paddle boarding, camping, reading at a coffee shop, or trying to eat my way through this delicious city.

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