Alise Bartley is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and director of the Community Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is also an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) clinical fellow and AAMFT supervisor. Among her fields of clinical focus are eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, adolescent cutting behaviors and LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals.
Areas of Expertise (14)
General Mental Health Concerns
Grief and Bereavement
Mentoring & Careers
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Issues
Divorce & Blended Family Issues
Families and Couple Communication
The University of Akron: Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision 2005
Specialization: Marriage and Family
Walsh University: M.A., Counseling and Human Development 1996
The College of Wooster: B.A., Psychology 1988
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist : Florida
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor : Florida
- Licensed Supervising Clinical Counselor : Ohio
- Independent Marriage and Family Therapist : Ohio
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy : Member
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy : Clinical Fellow
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy : Approved Supervisor
- General Mediator Training : Ohio
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision : Member
- American Counseling Association : Member
- PEERS Program : American Red Cross Mental Health Volunteer
- Chi Sigma Iota Professional Counseling : Member
- The Society for the Advancement of Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy : Founding Member (2001-03)
Selected Media Appearances (31)
Kids and teens also struggled with mental health battles during pandemic
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of kids and teens.
Experts say it’s normal to feel uncomfortable about no masks
Dr. Alise Bartley explains why it's normal to feel uncomfortable not wearing a mask.
Pandemic underscores need for more mental health resources
FGCU 360 print
Dr. Alise Barley discusses the need for mental health resources.
Experts believe increased screen time has lead to ‘Zoom Zombies’ on the road
Dr. Alise Bartley explains how increased screen time could be affecting your mental health.
Pandemic triggers ‘aloneliness’ epidemic for some
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses the term "aloneliness."
How your performance at work could change based on when you sleep
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about the importance of sleep.
Mass shootings adding to already declining mental health
Fox 4 tv
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about the impact mass shootings have on your mental health.
Creepy or Convenient? Tools make it easy to track your ex
Dr. Alise Bartley explains how tracking someone's location can turn into unhealthy habits.
How to protect your kids from dangerous social media challenges
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses how to protect children from dangerous social media challenges.
How smoking has made a comeback during the pandemic
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses the rising trend of smoking during the pandemic.
Taking working remotely to a whole new level: Managing work-life balance during pandemic
Dr. Alise Barley discusses ways to balance your job and personal life when working from home.
Experts say loss of casual friendships due to pandemic can take toll on mental health
Dr. Alise Bartley explains how a loss of relationships can take a toll on our mental health.
Counselors see uptick in couples counseling amid pandemic
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses the uptick in couples seeking counseling during COVID-19.
Are you spending too much time on social media?
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses the use of social media.
Experts predict surge of pandemic divorces
Dr. Alise Bartley said COVID-19 has created the opportunity for "a lot of togetherness, and too much togetherness is not a good thing."
Easing stress and anxiety on Election night
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses how to ease stress during the Presidential Election.
How do your political views impact your perception?
Dr. Alise Bartley said, "We don’t know what the new normal is going to look like. So we need to focus in on something that gives a feeling of power. Which is to talk about politics,”
Utilizing multicultural crayons to teach diversity and inclusion
Fox 4 tv
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about inclusion and how a child's formative years are when most insecurities are developed.
Mental health experts question need for ammo during coronavirus pandemic
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses why people are focusing on certain behaviors during a pandemic.
How smartphones could be linked to mental health decline in young people
Dr. Alise Bartley breaks down a comprehensive study about how smartphones may be linked to a decline in the mental health of young people.
FGCU's new Community Counseling Center offers low-cost services to the community
Dr. Alise Bartley talks with Mike Kiniry on "Gulf Coast Live" about the new Community Counseling Center.
Community Counseling Center at FGCU opens to the public
Florida Weekly print
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about the new Community Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.
New counseling center at FGCU to help community
Fox 4 tv
Dr. Alise Bartley opens the Community Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Lawmaker pushes for mental health day for students in Florida
Fox 4 tv
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about a proposed bill to give students the opportunity to take mental health days.
New study shows Americans are in more debt than ever before
Dr. Alise Bartley discusses the role of money as a coping mechanism for mental health issues.
Lehigh Regional Medical Center developing new mental health treatment unit
Dr. Alise Bartley talks about mental health and the community's need for services.
Dating apps could be to blame for more eating disorders
NBC 2 online
Dr. Alise Bartley analyzes an investigation by Harvard University finding a link between dating apps and disordered eating, particularly among men.
FGCU hopes to open community mental health counseling clinic by 2019
After a $1 million donation from David and Alise Bartley, FGCU will open a clinic on campus to serve the public and to be used as a training ground for graduate students.
Construction starts on FGCU student, community center
Florida Weekly online
A report on the groundbreaking of the facility that will house a community counseling clinic partially funded by a gift by David and Alise Bartley.
FGCU to open counseling center next year
FGCU graduate students are looking forward to the opening of a community counseling center for educational purposes and for community counseling at little to no cost.
Ohio couple gives $1M to college
Business Observer online
Dr. Alise Bartley and her husband, David, pledge $1 million for a new Community Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Selected Event Appearances (3)
American Counseling Association National Conference Austin, Texas
Depression Symptoms are Not a Major Impediment to Enrollment in Phase-II Cardiac Rehabilitation
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation National Conference Long Beach, California
The Elderly, Family Relationships, and Cardiovascular Health
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference Long Beach, California
The Relationship Center of Southwest Florida, LLC
Founder and owner (2017 - present)
The Relationship Center of Northeast Ohio, LLC
Founder and former owner (2005-17)
Selected Articles (4)
Confronting the Realities of Volunteering for a National DisasterJournal of Mental Health Counseling
Alise G. Bartley
2007 Responding to a national appeal for mental health volunteers to assist with disaster relief efforts is an altruistic act. However, the reality of the actual work of a mental health volunteer can be jarring. In the course of providing services to traumatized individuals, mental health providers are in a position to share the emotional burden of the trauma, become a witness to the damage, recognize the realities of dealing with federal and state agencies, and observe the inequitable distribution of resources. The following is my story of what it was like before, during, and after my experience as a mental health volunteer in the Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi area two months after the destruction of August 2005. I hope that sharing my story will encourage other mental health counselors to play a role in responding to the needs created by events like Hurricane Katrina.
Depression Symptoms Are Not a Major Impediment to Enrollment in Phase-II Cardiac RehabilitationJournal of Cariopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Joel W. Hughes, Alise G. Bartley, Elizabeth Casey, Faith Luyster, James Rosneck, Donna Waecther, Richard Josephson
2006 Depression increases the risk of mortality among cardiac patients, which may be partly due to reduced adherence to medical treatment regimens by depressed patients. Depressed patients may be less likely to enroll in CR, an effective treatment that has been shown to reduce mortality among cardiac patients. This study examined the hypothesis that patients reporting higher levels of depression symptoms during hospitalization for a cardiac event would be less likely to enroll in a phase II CR program.
A Heart Does Not Beat Alone: Coronary Heart Disease Through a Family Systems Lens.Families, Systems, & Health
Hilscher, R. L., Bartley, A. G., & Zarski, J. J.
2005 This article uses case studies to illustrate how a family systems lens may improve understanding of the impact of coronary heart disease (CHD) on patients and families. An overview of CHD is provided, and cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is presented as a risk reduction and secondary prevention strategy. Various effects of CHD on patient families are viewed through a systemic lens, including 3 case studies with interview excerpts and commentary. Case studies are based on interviews conducted by the authors with 3 married couples. All 3 husbands had experienced cardiac events and subsequently participated in CR. The authors offer commentary on case examples, highlighting systemic issues and concerns that are common among CHD patient families. The authors suggest interventions consistent with a systemic understanding of the impact of CHD on patients and their family. Finally, conclusions are drawn and implications suggested for future research and practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
An Investigation of the Relationship Among Social Support, Family Functioning, Depression and Quality of Life to Medical Adherence in Cardiac Rehabilitation (Cr) PatientsJournal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Alise G. Bartley
2005 Adherence with medical therapy has been shown to be a concern with patients. Although the effectiveness of CR is well documented, less than one-third of eligible patients currently take advantage of CR services (AACVPR, 1999). Although there is information available regarding adherence-enhancing strategies while in CR (Oldridge & Jones, 1983), little information is available about which psychosocial variables or combination of variables influence participation. The purpose of this study is to identify psychosocial variables that may predict participation in CR.