Allison is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), who received her Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During her time at John Jay College, she received a specialization in Victim Counseling and has later completed coursework to become a Certified Trauma Professional. She has experience working with children, adults, and families within various settings including schools, outpatient settings, telehealth, and in-home services.
Allison works collaboratively with children and families to implement holistic interventions. She works primarily from a person-centered approach, meaning the client is the expert on their own experience and she is a guide/facilitator towards their desired goals. She works with clients through the lens of their experiences, attachment history, culture, and upbringing to assess ways in which these factors all contribute towards the client’s worldview. Allison also utilizes play-therapy, and spends a great deal of time establishing the therapeutic bond and trust with her clients. She relies heavily on family education to help families learn how to best aid in their child’s needs and diagnosis. Allison also integrates approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Interventions. Allison is also an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist, utilizing this modality to help clients understand the deep complexities surrounding their experiences, and change the impact of their thoughts, moods, and defenses.
Allison works with clients struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood fluctuations, family conflict, attachment issues, life stressors/transitions, and a variety of other mental health challenges. With survivors of trauma, Allison works with clients to gain self-awareness and know the difference between discomfort and being unsafe to release what no longer serves them. Allison takes a great deal of pride in being a culturally-competent clinician and enjoys working with clients to find interventions aligning with the client’s race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and culture. Allison is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive space for all individuals seeking support and guidance. Allison is also a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, spending quality time with loved ones, journaling, listening to podcasts, and looking for sea glass on the beach.
“Part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself – to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you can live your life, and not the stories you’ve been telling yourself about your life.” – Lori Gottlieb
Supervised by Stephanie Surget, MSW, LCSW