A native of San Diego, Bryssa was born and raised in Oceanside, California. Growing up in a military family unit she learned the value of human relationships and service. She attended a small liberal arts college in Galesburg, IL, Knox College, where she played soccer and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology with minors in Psychology and Health Studies. During her time at Knox, she conducted research exploring the effects of natural and manufactured medications on neurodegeneration, eager to understand the effects of complementary medicine on healing and wellness.
After graduating, Bryssa spent time as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist for elementary- aged children. She also volunteered in the community she grew up in as an advocate at a drop-in center for youth experiencing or at risk of experiencing homlessness and former foster youth.During this time, her passion for social justice and advocating for youth blossomed. Eventually she gained employment at the se drop-in center as a Youth and Young Adult Liaison assisting with housing stabilization, mental health, and other wrap-around supportive services. Bryssa currently works as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist at a Short Term Acute Residential Treatment Center providing acute mental healthcare services to adults who are experiencing a crisis and require inpatient treatment.
Bryssa currently attends California State University, San Marcos where she is working towards her Master’s in Social Work. During her time in the program, she has worked with individuals in Assertive Community Treatment as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist Intern emphasizing the dignity and worth of the person through a strength-based, person-centered approach. Bryssa hopes to bring her genuine and empathetic approach to the youth of Mending Matters by providing a therapeutic space to be heard and feel empowered.
In her free time, you can find Bryssa playing pick-up soccer games, chasing sunsets, or spending time with her Belgian Malinois (Kara)!