Dr. Alice Riger received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited program at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Riger specializes in treating the emotional concerns of people with depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, stress, and career and relationship issues. She works with adults and couples, and has strong interests in women’s issues (such as assertiveness, body image, and role overload), shame and its consequences in lowering self-esteem, high-achieving adults, and helping individuals with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses live full and satisfying lives. A cognitive therapist who integrates creative strategies such as role play and imagery into her work, she has 19 years of diverse practitioner experience. She enjoys group work and has designed and facilitated groups and workshops on the communication skills needed to create healthy emotional intimacy, self-esteem improvement, and the management of stress, anger, and depression. She has published articles and made presentations on the cognitive aspects of depression and loneliness, suicide prevention, eating disorders, and the intersection of shame, gender, and disability. She has held leadership positions in APA on disability rights and is a member of the Association for Women in Psychology.