Allison is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) and a graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Vanderbilt University. Her personal style blends creativity, humor, and empathy. She believes that having a trusting therapeutic relationship creates an environment for growth, and within that, Allison respects her clients’ readiness and pace for change. As a lover of many creative hobbies such as painting, gardening, and cake decorating, Allison loves engaging with clients to develop their own personal expression and self-care practices to support their therapy work.
Allison is currently seeing individual and family clients age 12 and up, with special interest in trauma, relationships, identity development, school issues, depression, anxiety, and general adjustment/phase of life issues. Allison also works with families who are having communication, relational, and emotional issues. She welcomes clients of all cultural backgrounds and identities, and works with members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Allison believes that people naturally want to grow and heal, and when that isn’t happening, something is getting in their way. Allison helps clients develop self-awareness and expand their social, emotional, and thinking skills to choose a range of responses.
Allison is trained in Eye Movement De-Sensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), both of which are therapeutic processes designed to help individuals develop adaptive coping skills and re-process traumatic experiences. Sometimes intrusive reminders, triggers, and patterns of unhealthy coping arise after experiencing a profoundly stressful event or years of chronic stressors. When trauma memories are adequately processed in a safe environment, people are able to reclaim the freedom of living in fully the present and accessing their full potential.
Allison has worked with clients of all ages, including children and adolescents with complex, high-risk behaviors. She has experience consulting with school staff, the juvenile court system, and the Department of Children’s Services.