Director of Operations and Community Engagement

alisonPhilosophy and Values 

I believe everyone comes to a point in their lives when they need support, and I think it’s imperative to acknowledge the courage it takes to seek help. In my experience, the work of a therapist is first to listen, witness, and try to best understand the specific challenges facing a client. With compassion and empathy, I hope to create a space where clients can share their stories, better understand themselves and their patterns of behavior and relationships, and draw upon their resiliency to make the changes they want to see in their lives.

Therapy 

I am a licensed clinical social worker, with graduate and post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I work from a relational perspective and see clients wrestling with issues that accompany childhood trauma, adolescence, young adulthood, gender/sexual identity, adult relationships, new parenting, work/life balance and midlife transformation. Clients usually come to me because they are:

  • experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, grief or low self-esteem;
  • having problems in relationships with others;
  • looking for assistance or guidance through difficult times in their lives.

To begin, my clients and I often explore the influences of their past, their patterns of being, and the internal perceptions they have adopted over the years. We look at what’s working for them now and what’s not. Over time, I encourage clients to use the therapeutic relationship with me to practice and integrate more balanced ways to trust and connect with others. I truly enjoy working with clients to help them reach their personal goals and reduce the stress in their lives.

Training and Experience 

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, and have been studying and practicing social work and psychotherapy since 2008. Formerly the owner of a communications and design agency, I began my social work career as a domestic violence counselor, and I continue to have an interest in helping this underserved population today. I have since worked in community mental health and in a small private therapy practice. And in 2014-15, I was accepted as a fellow in the Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Practice Program at the University of Chicago. I am also interested in the intersection between violence prevention and trauma-informed care, and the resulting growth of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HBVIP) in the U.S. I currently consult on the Healing Hurt People project, a joint venture between John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital that provides wrap-around services and case management for violently injured teenagers returning to their communities.

Range of Focus
  • Adolescents
  • Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Individuals
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss or Grief
  • Post-Partum Depression and Transition to Parenting
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work/Life Balance
Degrees, Licensure and Certifications 

Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker Fellow, University of Chicago 
Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Practice Program, 2014-15 
University of Chicago, A.M, Clinical Social Work, 2010 
Illinois Certified Domestic Violence 40-hour Training, 2009 
University of Michigan, B.A., Communication, 1989

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

30 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 508
Chicago, IL 60602

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773.880.1310 ext. 7288