Lyssa holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in Counseling Psychology. Lyssa is a licensed counselor currently practicing at Vayda Mental Health Collaborative in Minnesota, with a primary focus on reproductive mental health. After sixteen-years as a high-school counselor, Lyssa transitioned from supporting the mental health of teenagers to supporting the mental health of women and partners who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss, and alternative family building options.
Lyssa was introduced to the Star Legacy Foundation in 2014 after her first child was stillborn at 39 weeks. This experience, followed by other reproductive health challenges, has been the driving force for Lyssa’s passion in supporting others as they navigate the often-complex journey of building their family. Lyssa believes that no one should suffer alone during a time that can feel so isolating and lonely.
In addition to her work as a counselor, Lyssa enjoys the Minnesota outdoors (in the summer and even in the winter!), spending time with her husband and two young children, gardening, and yoga.