Dr. Alice Riger has over 20 years of therapeutic experience and has been praised by her clients and colleagues as refreshingly honest and genuine, acutely insightful, sincerely caring, and hope-inspiring. During her doctoral program in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and internship at Michigan State University’s Counseling Center, she received broad training in all major therapeutic orientations and thus is able to tailor interventions to clients’ needs. She offers both brief and long-term therapy and has been most influenced by cognitive, Gestalt, client-centered, and psychodynamic therapies. She is most likely to use spontaneous activities such as role play, giving immediate feedback, and sharing her own internal processing; to creatively offer positive ways for the client to view self, others, current reality, and the future; and to look for recurring negative patterns in clients’ lives and what triggers them.
Dr. Riger is most interested in creating healing experiences for adults dealing with depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, and feelings of inferiority (shame). She enjoys helping racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities heal from past stigmatizing experiences. She also enjoys working on women’s issues, such as body image, eating disorders, assertiveness, and stress due to role overload. Finally, she is most interested in helping individuals with chronic medical illnesses and disabilities lead full and satisfying lives, find meaning and purpose, appreciate their remaining assets, and minimize depression, anger, anxiety, and shame. She works with individual adults and is also adept at teaching communication skills and conflict resolution to couples.
Dr. Riger’s successful coping with rheumatoid arthritis since age three lends credibility to her work. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, swimming cooking, sewing, reading, and musical theater.