Before the retreat our relationship was horrible!!! We tried other couples therapy and it was not successful at all...y'all offered something drastic and different and that is what we needed. We walked away laughing and having such a great time!!! We are dedicated to our marriage and Alisha Powell gave us the tools we needed to stay dedicated. I hate knowing people aren't aware of Couples Therapy Inc. before divorce papers are signed. This system can save marriages and it can prevent marriages from happening." -Recent Retreat Client
Georgia: Clinical Social Worker (#CSW005640)
Colorado: Clinical Social Worker (#CSW.09923679)
Massachusetts: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#120446)
Washington DC: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#LC50081377)
Ph.D., Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Social Psychology) 2018.
Denver Family Institute (Post-graduate certificate), 2014.
M.S.W. , University of Denver, Denver, CO (Social Work), 2012.
B.A. Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL. (social work) 2011.
Advanced Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 3)
Solution-Focused Brief Couples Therapy
Dr. Powell is a couples therapist at heart. After completing her graduate degree in social work at the University of Denver, she entered the Denver Family Institute, where she received advanced training in couples and family therapy. She next completed a doctoral program in social psychology at Walden University.
She's also conducted family assessments for couples and collaborated on an interdisciplinary team with professional colleagues.
In addition to her practical experience, she's experienced in motivational interviewing, sex therapy, multi-problem families, and substance abuse. She's also completed Level One and Two of the Gottman Institute Training.
"Ever since I can remember, I wanted to do something with my life that would help people. While I was drawn to the medical field initially, I wanted to do something that was more people focused and improved their emotional and mental well being. Early on, I chose to be a therapist and pursued that dream through the field of social work and then went on to get advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy. This was a wonderful experience that shaped me as a professional.
"It's rewarding to see couples start to laugh together again, communicate better, and connect with their partner.
"We were arguing over everything so effective communication was the primary goal. Now, we both have taken a closer look at our beliefs and experiences and how they shape our own reactions. I believe that even just completing the BIG BIG Book questionnaire was helpful. It forced us to examine so many facets of our relationship on our own. We have a better idea of our partners’ experiences and how they influence their reactions. We both have better tools for communicating more effectively. I believe that we have a deeper appreciation for one another as individuals now after the sessions with the counselor.
Dr. Powell's neutrality was very impressive. She was very professional. I felt like she really was very objective. The in-person weekend really help focus on a lot of contributing factors. It was more effective rather than spreading the time out over months." Recent Couples Therapy Intensive Review
I am originally from Alabama and Georgia and relocated to Denver, Colorado for graduate school. I recently returned to the Atlanta area because of its fast-pace, but Southern feel. I love the mild winters, hot summers, and the varied cuisine available. I also love the fact that I am geographically closer to a beach than I was in Colorado!
I have worked in a variety of settings in mental health, medical social work, hospice, residential, and outpatient settings. However, my first love has always been couples therapy. I fight for their relationship until they tell me not to fight any longer. I believe I'm the last one in the room that should give up on the couple, while discovering and exploring what they want to gain from their therapy experience. When couples are disengaged, and couples work is the "last thing on the list to check off" before divorce, there's an emphasis on identifying the factors that caused them to disengage from each other and challenging them to become fully engaged in the therapeutic process. That's tough to do.
Personally, I'm the oldest of four children and while I don't have any children of my own, I have a "dog-child" named Sam who is a Jack Russell Terrier who has been my constant companion for the last 9 years.
My parents have been married over 30 years and they have always functioned as a team and taken time out for each other. From them, I've learned the importance of perseverance and being willing to compromise and be flexible.
I once spoke to a classmate of mine who married right after he turned 21 and the marriage was still going strong. He said: "I made a commitment to my wife on our wedding day but everyday I choose her. From the moment I wake up to the time I sleep, I choose to be and remain married."
This demonstrates what it means to have a relationship built on love,trust, and commitment with each partner making the relationship a priority.
In my spare time I travel, trying new foods, and love a good book.
Clinical Experience & Focus
"The core issues we wanted to improve were communication and understanding but we were hesitant about the price, so went to another therapist together instead. It went poorly.
What changes resulted from your work with Couples Therapy Inc?
I thought the intensive weekend was very helpful. I liked Dr. Powell’s even approach and focus on Gottman methods. We still have challenges, but the weekend was a great way to make deposits into each other’s emotional bank account. We have much better ways to communicate. We’ve slowed down our discussions so they don’t spiral out of control. We identified some core conflicts and helped to “declaw” them. We have better communication, better understanding and empathy towards each other and better skills moving forward." -Recent Retreat Client