Allison is a licensed clinical social worker recognized by the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She graduated with distinction from Duke University with a bachelor of science in psychology and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. Allison moved forward to work for several years in hospice inpatient and home care, helping patients find purpose and meaning in their experiences and handling crises ranging from the logistical to the existential. She is an expert in bringing hope to difficult situations and has worked extensively with individuals who need strategies for getting along with others, adjusting to new and challenging life changes, and living fully.
Allison has been privileged to work in outpatient therapy with people who have borderline personality disorder, as well as those struggling with suicidal thoughts, past suicide attempts, and self-harm. She has also helped people with depression, generalized anxiety, and PTSD. Allison knows that it can be really hard to open up when there is a history of damaged relationships, trauma, or judgment, and that truth and rapport come easier when a therapist is nonjudgmental and kind. She knows the value of both showing kindness and creating an atmosphere of accountability.
Allison believes evidence-based practice is the responsible way for therapists to provide care. She is trained in and consistently uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness strategies to help her clients not just minimize symptoms but build a life worth living. She has completed part B of the DBT training from Marsha Linehan’s organization, Behavioral Tech, this year.
Allison’s favorite DBT skills are Opposite Action and Nonjudgmental Stance. When she’s not at Southlake, you might find Allison on a mountain, at a concert, or playing ball with her dog Karl.