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About The Practitioner

Alicia Clifford, LCSW-R, MHt, BCD

Since 2001, Alicia has had the privilege of professionally assisting others as they navigate mental health symptoms, interpersonal struggles, traumatic experiences, crisis situations, and their quests for personal growth, development, and discovery.  Alicia has extensive training and experience in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.   Alicia is well-equipped to assist you in resolving the impact of complex trauma experiences, as she has had the privilege of participating in countless specialized trainings, as well as the honor of partnering with individuals recovering from their trauma as they reclaim their experiences of safety, boundaries, personal power, and peace, for nearly two decades. 


In psychotherapy, Alicia is able to draw upon her extensive years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in college, residential treatment, and outpatient mental health settings.  In your work with Alicia, you will find that your care is individualized, validating, compassionate, and driven by YOU and your goals for yourself and your life.  Alicia is a supportive, insightful, and skilled partner who can be by your side as you process the past, make the changes you desire in the present, release limiting beliefs, and move in the direction of a bright and fulfilling future! 


As a Master Hypnotherapist, Alicia offers a unique experience resulting from her various training and experience.  Alicia's experience in the field of mental health, combined with her extensive training in hypnosis, allows for an enhanced Transpersonal Hypnotherapy experience for clients.  



  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
  • Certified Master Hypnotherapist, National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
  • Clinical Advisor and Board Member, National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), New York State Office of Professions
  • Master of Social Work, Syracuse University
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD), The American Board of Clinical Social Work
  • Usui and Karuna Reiki Master
  • Extensive experience treating individuals impacted by trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and childhood trauma
  • Extensive experience assisting individuals in the resolution of symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, interpersonal problems, problematic behaviors, and undesired habits
  • Advisory Board Member; The Compassionate Friends Central New York Chapter (2012 to Present)
  • Member: Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition 
  • Trainer: Risking Connection, The Traumatic Stress Institute (2009-2014)
  • Trainer: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, trained by Cornell University, (2010-2014)
  • Intensively Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Behavioral Tech (2008)
Why Healing Lotus?

The lotus grows from the darkness and depths of the muddy water, blooming clean and bright as it breaks through the surface. We, too, can move through our own experiences of darkness and challenge, ultimately emerging feeling happy, safe, content, and whole!


The Lotus, in and of itself, is healing!  It's energy brings forth enlightenment, self-regeneration, and transformation, while symbolizing one who overcame pain and suffering. 


The lotus represents your own natural ability to harness your strength, inner knowing, and self-awareness.  You have it all within you to achieve all that you desire!


We will travel the path forward together as you find or rediscover these things!  We will partner as you process the past, make the changes you desire in the present, release limiting beliefs, and move in the direction of a bright and fulfilling future!  

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