Alyssa Petersel

Alyssa is a Licensed Social Worker and writer who is passionate about identity development, resilience, human rights, and trauma. In 2016, Alyssa worked on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in Brooklyn, helping to coordinate integrative mental health care for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). Also in 2016, Alyssa released her debut award-winning narrative non-fiction book, Somehow I am Different: Narratives of Searching and Belonging in Jewish Budapest, which includes stories of growth, change, and human rights efforts of 21 adults in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2017, Alyssa worked at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), where she worked one-on-one with adults through long-term talk therapy addressing obstacles like anxiety, depression, and adjustment to new life stages. Also in 2017, graduated from the Writers’ Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center with a certificate in creative non-fiction writing.

Since obtaining her Master’s, Alyssa has co-founded My Wellbeing, creating the platform to connect therapy-seekers with therapists fit to their needs in New York City. Alyssa enjoys spending time with close friends and family, running, and getting to know the barista behind the bar at her neighborhood cafe.