"Coming to see you was the best decision I ever made" are words that I said to Alessana at some point during my therapy. Alessana helped me build confidence in myself both personally and professionally. Through my therapy, I gained insight and understanding of who I am and my value, and not just to individuals in my life, but to myself. I now value who I am and most importantly, respect myself. Subsequently, I am down to a 5mg dose (compared to 25mg dose when I started therapy) of blood pressure medication and have continued to lose and maintain my weight. I attribute these improvements to therapy. I've learned to control my stress, think things out without anger or anxiety and that keeps my emotional state on an even keel. Additionally, it has helped me from hitting the fridge when I am stressed or at the very least make better, healthier choices. Now, one year after completing therapy, I still feel it was the best decision I ever made.
Jackie in Miami
Since moving out of state...I really do miss our weekly sessions and do many times go back to a few of our sessions for support. You always made me feel like I mattered and seeing you for psychotherapy was probably one of the most important things I have ever done for myself! Thank you for that! Thinking of our sessions always puts me at peace; the memory sort of makes me count to ten without using numbers.
Sean T. S.
Alessana Fordin has been indescribably helpful to me in my life. I recommended Alessana and the Lotus Counseling Center to one of my best and closest friends. Ms. Fordin is very intelligent, highly trained, patient, knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. She helped me resolve major issues that had been bothering me and recurring for years. I am so blessed to have her in my life. I now love myself and feel much better.
I started working with Alessana because I was desperate for change and had reached a low point in my life. Her compassion and empathetic support were crucial to my healing many old wounds and the variety of techniques she employs in therapy helped me to find an inner fortitude I never knew I had. I have learned from her how to set healthy boundaries in my relationships and am now finding it easy to speak what is on my mind effectively. Moreover, I now know I have a lot to say, and a right to be heard. My relationships are more authentic and I am having a lot more fun these days--which is a lot to be said, given the current state of world affairs. I'm grateful to Alessana for her professional talents, her enduring patience, kindness and guidance, not to mention her sense of humor. I never knew therapy could be fun. I will continue to recommend her as a counselor/therapist/coach.
Alessana helped our family through a very difficult period with our adolescent daughter. Her guidance, support and encouragement provided our daughter the additional safety-net that my husband and I were unable to provide at the time due to economic stress and marital problems. She helped our daughter value herself and appreciate her own strengths and abilities in order to get more out of her life and work on eliminating her negative emotional patterns. I would say that in a short period of time, Alessana taught her how to "work on herself." Alessana also worked with my husband and me, helped us examine our parenting patterns and make essential changes that dramatically altered the way our daughter related to us, and the way we related to one another. She lead us to educate ourselves further, and gave us some fundamental "one-liners" that every parent should have in their arsenal when dealing with teens! Thanks to her gentle and wise interventions, we were able to create a more unified front, providing a safer and more loving environment for our daughter, and a happier marriage and home for ourselves.
Psychotherapist Alessana Fordin, LMHC, MS, CAP Candidate