I am a licensed independent social worker with six years of experience. I provide therapy to adults looking for support in navigating life stressors or mental illness. I work with my clients to identify and define core values, and explore where there is space in their life to embrace these beliefs more effectively. l utilize elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness to examine thought patterns and how they are impacting emotions and behaviors. I provide a non-judgmental space in which clients can set goals for change or have support in coping with challenges.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and enjoy working with couples and individuals on relationship and other issues such as communication, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, stress, and depression. I have years of experience at various clinical settings. Other than my outpatient therapy work, I have an extensive experience providing wraparound service for families with children who have severe emotional and behavioral needs. I have worked for Elder Protective Services with elders who are neglected and abused. I have also provided psychiatric evaluation at emergency services and home-based family stabilization work for families with children who are in psychiatric crisis.
I see therapy as an opportunity to discover your own resilience and inner ability to heal and grow. Each person has unique strengths that make self-growth and recovery possible. It is my goal to give you therapeutic tools and coping skills, allowing you to empower yourself in your life journey. With over ten years of experience in the mental health field, I enjoy working with adults, older adults, LGBTQIA+, and individuals with disabilities. I embrace clients of all races, cultures, and ethnicities, and I welcome the opportunity to learn from clients from different backgrounds.
I won't know on day one what method of treatment works best for you, because people reveal themselves over time, and at their own pace. My holistic, culturally sensitive approach is rooted in respect, truth and compassion. I respect the unique way in which you show up in the world. I believe there is power in discovering your truth, and I will always show you compassion. I incorporate my knowledge of the human body that I gained through professional experience in the fitness/yoga industry to help you better understand the connection between the mind, the body and the spirit.
*** Not Currently Available for Taking Clients - but hopefully soon. Each one of us is strong, resilient and insightful! You are the best resource for figuring out what you most need to build a more fulfilling, happier and connected life. My style is supportive and goal directed. I see the therapeutic process as a collaborative exploration of past obstacles, fears and losses while developing strategies, hopes and ideas to create the life and relationships you desire.
One of the most difficult conversations people can have is talking about themselves, but that is why therapy is so important: to give people the opportunity to practice how to talk and care for themselves. I would like to work with someone who wants to learn more about themselves, brainstorm on how to carry themselves, and find more ways to love themselves. Therapy is a wonderful place to rediscover what makes us who we are. Therapy is also a great place to take stalk on what we have in our life both the good and the needs improvement.
I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for supporting people by using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to thoroughly understand symptoms and provide coping skills to help people feel better. CBT is an active form of therapy where the therapist acts as a coach, teaching concrete coping skills to help people learn ways of helping themselves. I specialize in treating OCD and other anxiety disorders.
I believe emotional pain is a signal we need to make changes. Symptoms of depression and anxiety, overfunctioning in relationships, over work, heavy reliance on substances or alcohol are all telling us something needs to shift. Familiar patterns of behavior may have served you in the past, but aren't working now. It can be hard to identify what's getting in the way of moving forward and to believe you can make necessary changes. I'd like to be a guide in helping you get 'unstuck' so that you can move more freely towards what is important to you.
We all have times in our lives when things are tough and it's ok to reach out for help. I have been assisting men and women struggling with issues of depression, anxiety, and trauma for over a decade, and I'm confident that I would be able to assist you in making the change in your life that you want, when you're ready.
I help people who are exploring questions of sexuality, gender expression, and relationship styles to accept themselves in their beauty and strength, so they can experience loving connection in their lives. Whether you are struggling with gender expression, sexual orientation, desire for multiple partners, BDSM or kink, or other desires that are outside the mainstream, I am here to listen, to educate, to guide, and to help you integrate the parts of you that are currently closed off. I also work with trauma and grief, and provide a space for the boundaried expression and relief of old wounds.
These past few years have shown just how unpredictable and stressful life can be. Many individuals are reaching out for support for the first time in their lives, given all that we've been through. It is important to me as a therapist to ensure that the client is heard, supported, and made to feel understood. I believe that everyone has unique strengths with which they are able to overcome challenges. I enjoy partnering with individuals in an effort to tap into their strengths to reach their personal goals. BLM, Asian, LGBTQ ally.
I practice with a Narrative Therapy approach. I believe that the problem is the problem and you are not the problem. I will work to open up space between you and the problem you are experiencing. Externalizing the problem creates new possibilities for interacting with the problem in a way that empowers you to have more agency in your life. I will work to help you develop a preferred storyline that is more in line with the hopes, beliefs and values that you hold dear, and work toward living life within that storyline instead of the problem-saturated story.
Getting to the other side of struggles with self-confidence, finding your voice and shifting your mindset takes a desire for change. Wanting to be your authentic self, with no apologies requires a level of commitment to discovery of your past and pushing into your future with no regrets. In order to conquer these goals, you must answer your why to give meaning to your now.
I have worked as a clinician in mental health for over 25 years. I have dedicated myself to child welfare and have a specialty in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, adoption, attachment, Bipolar and addictions. I take a supportive approach to my client work so they are able to arrive at healthy solutions. I also have experience in family therapy taking a family systems approach to the work. My practice is located in the center of Medford and is easily accessible by public transportation. The staff in the office are all welcoming and there is a play space for children.
I have been fortunate in my professional experiences over the last 36 years. I have been able to work two to three positions at the same time. I was a child protection supervisor for 30 years. I have been a facilitator in groups at a batterers intervention program. For 24 years I have been an emergency mental health clinician with an emergency service program (ESP) seeing patients at area hospitals, in homes, in group homes, police stations. I have also been a professor at Wheelock College (now part of BU) and continue to teach mental health counseling at Cambridge College in the Masters program. I AM ONLY DOING TELEHEALTH.
Hello! It's wonderful you're perusing this website in search of someone to help you with your unique mental health concerns. I specialize in treating older teen and adult clients (16+) with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health problems that impede daily function. The importance of medical care for our physical bodies is understood by most of us, however, we often neglect the very important emotional and social parts of ourselves. I'm here to help you with emotional issues that may be in the way of you leading your best and most joyful life.
Seeking help is a sign of strength and wisdom, a courageous step! As a licensed psychotherapist and registered Art Therapist I work with women individually and in groups. I offer a trusting, supportive, compassionate, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and active environment assisting you towards balance and healing. Our therapeutic relationship will be based on your individuality, not a cookie cutter model, as I honor the whole self; heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. I will help you explore your strengths and trust your instincts as we develop goals towards creating a life that is a true expression of your authentic self.
I come to clinical work with a first-hand knowledge of just how hard it is to be a person sometimes, complete with my own vulnerabilities, insecurities, and history. I'm a relational cultural therapist first and foremost: change and growth occurs through vulnerability and authenticity - from both client AND clinician. Who I am is part of the work that I do. I believe the impact of identity on our lived experiences is paramount - I am particularly interested in the role that social and racial oppression plays in mental health. Most of all, I'm grateful and honored to sit with my clients and hold space for the challenges they face.
Allison loves working individually with adults and young adults as well as with children and adolescents and their families. Allison also has experience in working with families as a unit to assist in family discord. She enjoys helping people with a variety of mental illnesses, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, and behavioral challenges in kids. Allison also enjoys helping people with general stress related to changes in life or general dissatisfaction with parts of your life.
Child/Teen Specialist with 10+ years experience in the schools as a school psychologist/counselor: During this COVID pandemic children have lost the predictability of their school routines and opportunities for social interaction with classmates and friends. With more worry, household stress, and sadness due to this isolation, therapy is needed now more than ever. Offering creative and practical strategies to calm, motivate, and empower kids, siblings and families to help them during this time of uncertainty. COVID-19 relevant therapy activities and exercises. Accepting new clients. In-person only with COVID protocols in place.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Medford are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Medford then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Medford, or Child Psychologists in Medford.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Medford psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Medford specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.