Allison Abrams, LCSW-R

Psychotherapist, Author


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Meditation


City University of New York, Georgian Court University, New York University



Allison Abrams, LCSW-R, is former writer for Verywell Mind covering mental health. She's a private-practice psychotherapist in New York, New York. She began her career as a clinical social worker in community mental health clinics throughout the South Bronx, including a continuing day treatment program for people recovering from addiction and mental illness, a transitional housing facility for formerly homeless men in recovery, and an outpatient mental health center.

She spent several years working for a non-profit social service agency for the performing arts and entertainment community, where she coordinated the Women’s Health Initiative. She now works in private practice where she provides individual, couples and group therapy to adults and adolescents with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, relationship and career transitions. She's been interviewed on national television and radio, and in national publications including Livestrong, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Preve​ntion, Woman’s Day, USA Today, Healthy for Men, and Glamour.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and additionally licensed in New York to provide psychotherapy services.


Allison received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgian Court University and her Master of Social Work degree, with a specialization in health and mental health, from the Silberman School of Social Work at the City University of New York. She completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis at New York University School of Medicine’s Psychoanalytic Training Institute, and her post-graduate training in psychotherapy at the Contemporary Freudian Society Psychoanalytic Institute.

She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Structural Family Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In addition to her formal meditation training, she has been a student and practitioner of mindfulness meditation for more than a decade.

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