As a clinician I enjoy working with couples, every relationship young or old goes through phases - both wonderful and challenging phases - this is completely natural. Most often in my work I see couples struggle with communication. This can look like forgetting how to communicate with your significant other, differences in communication style, or different expectations of communication. With a third person in the room to help translate, redirect, and to help guide difficulty conversations these communication barriers can be a things of the past. We can build on existing strengths, find new strengths, and rebuild the connection which may feel lost.
I do work with couples who have experienced domestic violence, infidelity, or other major traumas. Sessions in these cases are more structured in order to provide more safety and comfort in an already difficult situation. Safety is always my first priority - so unfortunately I cannot work with couples who have a current restraining order or no contact order. In most cases I prefer to start and stay with the initial set up - if I am working with both individuals to begin with than I will continue to see them as a couple. If I am working with an individual on relationship issues, I will typically continue to see them as an individual. There are short term exceptions, two or three sessions with an individual or with a couple if it would be clinically beneficial, however, overall staying with the initial set up helps reduce bias and maintain ethical treatment for all.
I am an LGBTQ+ ally, so I will absolutely treat couples from all backgrounds regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or background. I am here to help heal, it is never my place to make a judgement on love.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
LCSW #253873 (Expires: 2022-01-01)
Allison is very knowledgeable in her profession, but can also make everything relatable. She is a great listener, but also knows the right questions to ask even when you don’t have the right words. I really enjoy having Allison as my counselor, and highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance.