“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing
and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”

Welcome. I truly believe a good fit in therapy leads to a great start by building comfort and trust. In knowing more about me you get to make an informed decision about who you choose to trust with the more tender parts of your human experience. My approach is simple, I work towards knowing your inner world and the way you make meaning of the events in your life. I do not believe in quick fixes and sometimes think it can be detrimental to mental health, because it reinforces the notion that ‘you as you are is not okay.’ I disagree with that. You are the way you are because of the experiences you have had and the methods you learned to cope with that along the way. In our work together we can take time to appreciate the patterns that have helped you survive and have gotten you this far and also practice letting them go if they no longer serve you.

I balance the depth of the work that we do with exploring different ways of coping in and out of sessions through practicing deep breathing, mediation, and incorporating the arts. A huge proponent of the healing power of creative expression, we’ll explore how to fit in art, journaling, music, dance, theater, cooking, running, knitting or anything that calls you (or called you but has been quieted by the pressures of life) and revive that to create a more full and vibrant existence. I think we are the happiest when we are connected that beautiful being that existed before the layers of hurt took us farther and farther from our authentic self.

If any of that resonates with you, I ask that you join me in this field where we can explore your inner world with open hearts towards understanding, compassion, and creativity.



Q Is Dr. Shyma trained in EMDR?

Yes, as of March 2019! EMDR is an excellent modality to work through traumatic and other adverse memories. It may not be an appropriate treatment method for everyone, although the preparation stages could be beneficial to all. Please contact info@alkemepsych@gmail.com for more information.

Q Is what’s offered at this practice art therapy?

Dr. Shyma is not formally trained as an art therapist. She is a Psychologist and an artist who has combined the two practices for over 8 years in her own work as well as with clients. Dr. Shyma has incorporated creativity and art with children, adolescents, adults and groups. In her current practice, some clients prefer only talk therapy, some client color mandalas while processing, some have specific art activities that help them process their emotional experiences, and others bring their art into session to discuss themes of their work. Art can be defined as painting, drawing, digital work, poetry, cooking, gardening, theater, dance, music, etc. all forms of creative expression are welcomed in the therapy space.

Q Is the practice going through changes?

Yes! As of 2019 the practice is undergoing some changes that will help focus its efforts in specializing in trauma work (including socio-political-religious traumas) and creativity. To reflect these changes there are re-branding efforts underway. During this time, efforts to update the website and the instagram page are at a pause as the behind the scenes work to create a new website and Instagram are underway!

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  • Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM


  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child Counseling
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Race Issues
  • Self Harm and Cutting
  • Self-Esteem
  • Seniors 65+
  • Suicide
  • Teen Counseling


  • English


  • Out of Network


  • Attachment Based Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy