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About Allison

My journey to becoming a social worker started in an art room. I attended NCSU's College of Design, which led to teaching high school art for several years. Teaching allowed me to find my calling as a therapist. I graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social work in 2008, and have since pursued certifications in Addictions, Somatic Experiencing©, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, the work of  Dr. Brené Brown, and most recently, yoga as a healing modality.

I specialize in working with adolescents, adults, and families. Some areas of special interest and training include, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-worth, perfectionism, traumatic and toxic stress, relationship struggles, making friends, attachment styles, shame resilience, parent-child relationships, and compulsive behavior/addictions.

My overall belief is that one of the most important parts of the therapeutic process is the relationship between the client and the therapist. In providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, I encourage your own personal empowerment and growth through a relationship built on trust, respect, and compassion.

I also continue to do my own work in therapy on a regular basis, and regularly seek professional consultation from peers and mentors.

Training, Education, and Experience

  • Bachelors in Art and Design from North Carolina State University's College of Design

  • Masters of Social Work (MSW) from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Daring Way™Facilitator (CDFW)-Trained in 2013 by Dr. Brené Brown

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

  • In practice as a clinical social worker since 2006

  • Former High School Art Teacher

  • Trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through Duke Integrative Medicine

  • In-training as a Somatic Experiencing© Practitioner (SEP) for trauma healing and resilience

  • Training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Experience in working with members of the LGBTQ+ communities

Compassion is knowing our darkness well enough that we can sit in the dark with others. It never is a relationship between the wounded and the healed. It is a relationship between equals.
— Pema Chödrön