Do you find yourself inundated with holiday stress every year? If so, you are not alone. For many, the holidays can be emotionally taxing. Whether it’s the financial toll, never-ending to-do lists, overwhelming social obligations, complicated family dynamics, or being apart from loved ones, sometimes the “most wonderful time of the year” can feel quite like the opposite.

We know 2020 has been particularly challenging, which is why this year, we want to help you beat the holiday blues and bring some joy back into the season. Whether you are looking for general tips for battling the emotional fatigue that comes during the holidays or you are in recovery and worried about triggers, we invite you to join us for this free virtual mental health workshop. Just because this year has brought us its fair share of angst, doesn’t mean your holidays have to follow suit.

Led by two licensed mental health and addiction treatment clinicians, this workshop will cover:

  • Maintaining holiday traditions
  • Managing finances
  • Practicing self-care
  • Time management
  • Safeguarding sobriety and preventing relapse
  • Supporting family members in recovery


This will be a virtual event using Microsoft Teams. While you can use Microsoft Teams on a browser, we recommend downloading the free desktop or phone app for the best experience. Please be sure to do so prior to the event.

You will receive the link to the link to the Microsoft Teams meeting via email prior to the event.

This event is free and open to the public.


Alyssa Unikewicz, LPC

Alyssa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is experienced in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques which she implements to help individuals pursue a sober, productive lifestyle. At Mountainside, she empowers clients to recognize their strengths, foster greater self-awareness, and develop independent living skills. By working with clients to create individualized wellness plans, Alyssa helps them form and fulfill their recovery goals. 

Marissa Bascom, M. Ed

Marissa holds her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in substance use disorders. She has delivered care in many settings, including outpatient centers, hospitals, crisis service centers, and schools. Marissa is experienced in a number of treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. At Mountainside, she uses these therapeutic techniques to help clients uncover their strengths while empowering them to pursue their sobriety and goals.