Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Women’s Media Center (WMC) media expert
Contributing writer for Psychology Today, GoodTherapy.org, and Huffington Post.
Guest lecturer at City University of New York (CUNY) Silberman School of Social Work
Allison began her career as a clinical social worker in community mental health clinics throughout the South Bronx, including a continuing day treatment program for those recovering from addiction and mental illness, a transitional housing facility for formerly homeless men in recovery, and an outpatient mental health center, where she worked with children, families and adults. 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, Prevention, Woman’s Day, USA Today, Healthy for Men, and Glamour.
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. She completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis at NYU School of Medicine’s Psychoanalytic Training Institute, and her post-graduate training in psychotherapy at the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) 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 over a decade.
I believe that everyone has the potential for success, regardless of past circumstances, and that with hard work and the right guidance, it is possible to transcend adversity and thrive. The past does not have to define us. My passion is empowering people to gain the confidence needed to achieve success. Some of the topics that I will cover here include relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and mental health awareness and de-stigmatization, for which I am a strong advocate. I believe that without mental health, there is no health, and that self-care and self-compassion are essential to achieving overall happiness and well-being. My goal is to provide you with the resources, tools and support along the way.