Alissa Catiis (she/her), MA, LCSW, RYT

Daily life for some can be isolating and debilitating; taking the first step to ask for help requires courage.  I deeply understand that coming to an office in Evanston to talk about life’s struggles can feel intimidating and even unwelcoming for some.  As a strengths-based therapist and yoga teacher, I am interested in hearing stories from people who do not feel like they fit in, whether it is because they are trauma survivors, people with mental illness, people of color, queer folks, or people who have been historically marginalized.  I understand that identifying as a trauma survivor can lead to additional marginalization in society.  With humility, compassion, and humor, I want to develop a place together where all people are welcomed and all stories are heard.

Alissa Catiis (she/her), MA, LCSW, draws on feminist relational, family systems, and psychodynamic theory in her work with children, adolescents, and adults.  She enjoys integrating art, literature, movement, and writing in her clinical work as a means of building relationships and exploring how life transitions and challenges lead us all toward rich, complex life journeys.  She believes that each person’s path towards healing and wellness is unique, and she is prepared to offer a variety of interventions.  She is trained in the following interventions: trauma-sensitive yoga, contemplative clinical practice, mind-body interventions, art therapy and EMDR.  She can provide services in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.

Alissa’s areas of specialty: 

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Cultural and family issues as well as queer families/relationships
  • LGBTQ+ identity issues
  • Adolescent and young adult health
  • Connections between mind, body, spirit and soul
  • Caregivers or overachievers


Alissa can be reached at 847-475-7003 x 37 or at [email protected]

Alissa is available to train, present or consult on:

  • Contemplative Clinical Practice
  • Healing Trauma Through Contemplative Mind Body Practice
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Survivors and Clinicians
  • Self-Care for Helping Professionals
  • Supporting Teen Parents
  • Identity, Privilege and Oppression in the Therapeutic Relationship


Alissa accepts: BCBS PPO and Northwestern Student Insurance (Aetna)

Education and Credentials

MA (Master of Arts), 2008, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

LCSW (Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Type 73 School Social Work Certification, Illinois State Board of Education

RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certificate in Art Therapy, 2012, Northwestern University

Certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice, 2013, Smith College

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, 2014, Center for Trauma and Embodiment

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Yoga Alliance