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Alecia Viera, PsyD, LP

alecia-viera-psyd-lpCredentials/Certifications/Associations
  • Licensed Psychologist MN LP #5612
  • EMDR Basic Training, EMDR Institute
  • Sensorimotor Therapy, Level 1 Trauma Training
  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • National Eating Disorder Association, Member
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association, Member

Alecia believes that connection, acceptance, and self-confidence can open the door to healing and she works to create a comfortable space for clients to connect with themselves and grow. She utilizes a warm approach with clients and tailors her therapy to each individual and their particular needs. She is passionate about the mind/body/spirit connection and practices from a holistic framework, using a variety of therapy modalities and experiential work. She finds this work to be such an honor and a true gift to witness the courage it requires to show up in therapy.

Alecia has extensive experience working with eating disorders, understanding them through personal awareness and experience. She works with adults and adolescents on a variety of concerns including; depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship struggles, life transitions, self-esteem, body image, and personal growth.

Psychological Assessments and Bariatric Assessments

Alecia performs psychological assessments prior to bariatric surgery or other surgical procedures. This usually consists of an intensive clinical interview followed by psychological testing. The assessments are usually requested by a physician or surgical group in order to better understand behavioral patterns or symptoms that may impact the overall success of surgery. The information gathered from the assessment is utilized to make recommendations that will increase the likelihood of success and improve overall treatment. She also sees clients during the bariatric surgery journey and afterwards.

Alecia can also perform psychological assessments to rule-out various diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, OCD, and other mood disorders.

Education

Alecia received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2011. Prior to pursuing her dream of being a therapist, she was working as a Food Scientist and received her graduate degree from Iowa State University.