Counseling in Monterey Bay

Marriage Counseling | Trauma Counseling | Christian Counseling 

Counseling services based on the Monterey Peninsula and online throughout California.

Marriage Counseling

If you are experiencing conflict with your partner, if you feel disconnected or hopeless in your marriage, if you have been hurt by the one you love most, I want to help you.

Trauma Counseling

If you are dealing with pain around an event that happened to you, or being exposed to the pain of others (such as for first responders), I have been working with trauma since the beginning of my counseling career.

Teen Counseling

The struggle is real. If you are experiencing conflict within your family, if you can't seem to get this whole parenting thing figured out, or if your teen is struggling, I can help you.

Other Counseling Services

If you are struggling with anxiety that is overwhelming you, can't seem to find your way, or just need someone to talk to, let me help you through it.

Alisha Sweyd is a counselor who helps people with marriage issues, teen struggles, and trauma experiences.

I am here to help.

I am a counselor on the Monterey Peninsula. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my counseling focus has been helping married couples, teens, and people with trauma. I also help people with anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I especially love working with first responders, military, and their loved ones. 
In sessions, you will find a relationship that is real, honest, caring, and helpful. Through empathy and a deep mutual understanding, I am able to bear witness to your experiences in a way that provides insight and allows counseling to provide you with growth in the chaos of life. 

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."

Emily Dickenson

How Does Counseling Work?

  • 1

    1st Phase

    Let's start by understanding you and the issues you face. What have you tried, whether it worked or not? What do you hope will change through counseling?

  • 2

    2nd Phase

    You begin to gain a greater understanding of yourself and the issues you face. We work together to create solutions based on your personal strengths and resources.

  • 3

    Final Phase

    Through confidence and a stronger sense of hope, you will be able to utilize your own tools for growth and change outside of counseling sessions.


  • How can counseling help me?

    Counseling provides you with a safe and empowering environment to explore the things that hinder you from living your best life. With my help, you will gain a fresh perspective on situations, insight and awareness into your own circumstances, and improve your overall satisfaction in life. Whether it is through processing difficult experiences or learning new coping and communication skills, therapy can assist you in discovering new ways of finding meaning and knowing yourself better. 
    However, the most important factor when considering how therapy can help will depend on how you take advantage of the process and put into practice the tools and skills you learn in sessions. 
  • Who will know about me receiving services?

    Your involvement in counseling services, including attendance, are confidential. The therapeutic setting requires trust, and maintaining your privacy is key in developing and maintaining that trust. What you share in sessions, stays in sessions. The only times we can breach confidentiality according to HIPAA and California State Law are:                 When you provide a written release of information that specifies what is to be shared and with whom.                 When a court order is given by a judge to obtain records for legal reasons.                 When a mandated report is required (such as danger to self, danger to others, child abuse, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse).
    If you chose to use insurance for your sessions, your insurance provider will also have access to your information. However, they are under the same HIPAA and privacy regulations as I am. 
  • What are the benefits of counseling over other self-help methods?

    While other self-help methods are limited in the ways they can guide you, a counselor is like having a friend go through 100 self-help books, ripping out the pages that are helpful for you, and highlighting the key points that you may not notice reading on your own. As a counselor, I will utilize extensive training and education in the field of mental health to assist you with living your best life. When looking for a counselor, finding the best fit for you will be crucial in the way counseling works for you. This is why I offer a free 20-minute consultation to determine if my experience and approach are a good fit for your needs. 

Free Consultation

I offer a 20-minute free consultation to all potential counseling patients. It will give you a chance to describe your particular issue, and determine if we would be a good fit together.

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183 Forest Avenue Suite 2Pacific Grove, CA 93950


Mondays and Tuesdays11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


+1 (707) 330-7904moc.ccfnoitarotser%40eciffo