Alyssa Weinman

Photo of Alyssa Weinman, a Baltimore therapist at New Connections Counseling Center.

Connection is why we’re here. It is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

Brené Brown

Therapist (MS) – Offering in-person & virtual therapy

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi, I’m Alyssa Weinman!

To the person who feels like they don’t know where to go next, I’m here for you.
To the person who is craving connection but can’t seem to achieve it, I’m here for you.
To the perfectionist who struggles with constantly feeling like they aren’t enough, I’m here for you.
To the person who hears that nagging, judgmental voice in their head, I’m here for you.
To the person who feels in over their head, drowning from it all, I’m here from you.
To the person who wants more out of life, but doesn’t know where to start, I’m here for you.
To all the people who have ever felt lost, unsure, scared, and who are tired of faking it, I’m here for you.
I’m here to begin this journey together.

Why I’m a therapist 

I have always been drawn to emotions and helping. Growing up, I was always the friend to check in with everybody, who cared how everyone was feeling. However, just like many clients feel when it comes to starting therapy, I felt hesitant to pursue this field. It was scary and overwhelming to know that my clients would trust me with their most personal experiences. I struggled with imposter syndrome and worried about my work-life balance, the same way many of my clients do when jumping into a new chapter of their lives. It took time, but the more I learned about the field, the more I felt at home.

As soon as I started meeting one-on-one with clients, that’s when I knew this was my calling. As a therapist, not only do I get to hear people’s stories and connect on a deeper level, but I now get to help people do hard things and face the things that scare them, just as I did. Most importantly, this work allows me to see my client’s strengths, often before they can even recognize them, and help them use those strengths to create more meaningful, fulfilled lives.

What I love about being a therapist 

Unfortunately, I have heard countless stories about individuals who finally worked up the courage to attend therapy, only to feel invalidated, unheard, and unsafe. I became a therapist because I believe therapy should be a space where you feel seen, heard, and valued, and I want to help make that space for my clients.

I love that this work allows my clients and me to knock down the walls we often feel in our day-to-day lives and be our truest selves. I’ll never forget the feeling when a client came to me and said “I think I’m queer, and I’m ready to celebrate that” so we stood up, danced, cheered, and celebrated their authentic identity for the first time in their life. I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the day, feeling so honored that I got to be a part of their journey in such a special way. For me, this is what it means to be a therapist, to be a human with you through the good and the bad, and I’m honored that I get to do this every day.

Specific areas of specialization

My therapeutic style

I often joke that my therapeutic style is strongly guided by my New Jersey upbringing – I’m sarcastic, sassy, and say what is on my mind without any extra fluff. If you asked my friends, they’d probably describe me as a naturally caring, compassionate, and humorous individual. I bring that same personality into the therapy space, and I believe that by doing this, we can connect, human to human. This allows my clients to open up in ways that they previously haven’t felt comfortable doing, because they get to know the real me, as opposed to a cold, clinical version of myself.

In my work, I use a systems-aware approach, meaning I look at the bigger picture. In therapy, we will work together to consider how your family, relationships, culture, and the society around you have impacted the person you are today. I strive to help my clients identify the patterns that are no longer beneficial and help them create new habits that will lead to greater outcomes. For instance, if you repeatedly find yourself ending up in relationships that don’t work for you, continue to feel burnt out by your work, or struggle with boundaries when it comes to your family, I might be a good fit for you.

My education and experience

I received my Master’s of Science from Loyola University Maryland and Bachelor’s of Science from Towson University. As an intern at Union Memorial’s Partial Hospitalization Program, I co-led groups for adults struggling with substance use disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideations, and complex trauma. One of my favorite parts of this experience was eating lunch with my clients, as it allowed my clients and I to form connections over our favorite TV shows, music, and silly pet pictures.

This past year, as an intern at Creative Psychological Health Services, I worked with individuals of all ages who were struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, body-image issues, relationship challenges, family conflict, and trauma. I am excited to continue working with adults and adolescents as a therapist at New Connections Counseling Center.