Types of Clients
Children, Adolescents, Families, and Adults
Allison specializes in working with her clients from a relationship based perspective. She has experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, prenatal and postnatal loss, ADHD, developmental transition, parenting, interpersonal distress, and stress management.
Training and Experience
Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked in the ﬁeld since 1993 receiving her Masters of Social Work from The University of Southern California in 2003. Allison started her career working in Chicago in a community mental health program providing individual and family therapy to individuals mandated to counseling. Over the course of her career, Allison has worked with children and families in the foster care system, within hospital settings focusing on managing chronic illness, high risk pregnancy, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and psychiatry, and within community mental health agencies.
Allison very much believes in working from a systems perspective, not only looking at the individual, but the community in which the individual is living. In addition, Allison focuses on stage of development in the life cycle and looks at how that may or may not be impacting one’s emotional world. Allison believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and meets the people she works with where they are. She is nonjudgmental and respects the right to self-determination. Models of therapy most used include mindfulness, neurobiology, cognitive- behavioral, positive psychology, family systems, supportive, play therapy and psycho education. Allison believes strongly in the mind- body connection and has been known to make unpopular suggestions, especially to adolescents, that include limiting junk food, getting good sleep, and lots of exercise.