Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience with children, adolescents, and adults in the community mental health field and private practice. She received her B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and Masters of Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh with a specialization in Mental Health. Allison was trained in EMDR in 2015 and uses this modality of therapy with the majority of her clients. She is EMDR Certified through EMDRIA and is an EMDR Consultant in Training.
My goal is to encourage a more peaceful personal, work, and home environment. When meeting with me, you will receive support that is friendly, knowledgeable, respectful, and down to earth. I utilize time efficient methods supported by research for anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I also provide support around grief in the loss of a family member, friend, or issues surrounding pregnancy loss. Treatment for each client and family is highly individualized, based around interests, learning style, and family belief systems.
I listen closely to each client's needs, providing a safe place to process, while also recommending activities and interventions that can be helpful in between sessions. These activities may include relaxation strategies, adding or changing your exercise routine, or written exercises, depending on a client's needs and preferences.
In addition, I am trained in EMDR which is a useful tool to help the body naturally process trauma or negative events that can sometimes get stuck, influencing our daily thoughts and emotions. EMDR will often work efficiently to identify and process underlying issues, influencing a positive mood shift and reduction in anxiety symptoms.
The process to and through motherhood can be very challenging, and counseling can help to relieve the stress and pain around concerns that occur frequently in this stage of life. Whether you are having a stressful pregnancy, are experiencing postpartum depression, have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant loss, and/or are generally just overwhelmed with life, I am here to support you. I am a mother with three children, and have also experienced miscarriage, and lost a baby due to stillbirth.
Support is also provided for individuals or couples struggling with infertility. It can seem that you are surrounded by a world of happy, pregnant women, and you may feel isolated, angry, and defeated. I provide a safe place for you to process through your feelings, and develop a better sense of well-being in the midst of this struggle.