Rev. Alyssa Szymanski Botte, LCMHC, NCC


EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

As a helping professional married to another helping professional, I am passionate about working with individuals trying to cope after experiencing trauma, grief, and chronic stress from their work in the community, such as clergy, first responders, military personnel, law enforcement, and other therapists. I use evidenced-based psychotherapeutic practices to help you heal from the past and develop more adaptive coping mechanisms from the future. And I do this in a sensitive, non-judgmental way, as I realize the limitations that your work may place on you receiving counseling--- whether that's difficulty scheduling appointments or needing emphatically to protect your confidentiality in all situations. I was ordained in 2016 as a minister by the Baptist denomination and is currently a CBF-endorsed pastoral counselor. My clinical experience includes work with Gentiva Hospice, the WFUBMC Chaplaincy program, the Memory Counseling Program at Baptist Hospital, and Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infant Loss program. Additionally, I have worked with numerous faith communities as both a minister and as lay leadership in children/youth ministry, preaching, senior adult ministry, and clinical support to clergy members.

Education & Experience

I completed my Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2017 from Wake Forest University (WFU). I am an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition since October 2016. Additionally, I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC #885795) and am a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LCMHC #13221). I am qualified to counsel individual adolescents and adults, couples, families, and groups. I have been counseling clients since January 2016. I completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), at both a basic and advanced level (Level I & 2) from an Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) provider in July 2016. I am pursuing certification in EMDR by taking additional continuing education requirements and consultation requirements for this specific modality. Also, I have completed training in Brainspotting, Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) from an American Psychological Association (APA) provider.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Alzheimer's Association Community Educator

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Seniors
  • Veteran Center
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Magellan Health
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth