Allison uses an eclectic, client-centered approach that values both honoring life’s difficulties and celebrating life’s successes. She invites her clients to explore the full range of feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and environments that shape their experience. In doing so, she helps her clients feel empowered to make decisions about how to live in alignment with their most authentic selves.
Allison’s areas of focus include anxiety, self-esteem and body image issues, and spiritual confusion. Her work strives to be culturally inclusive, to acknowledge both the influences within our families and the broader culture that contribute to how we navigate the world.
The framework of her approach is trauma informed and somatically/body oriented. She draws on her extensive training in Gestalt psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In addition to talking, sessions with Allison might include meditation, writing exercises, role-plays, and exploring dreams.
Allison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University and received her Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.