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 has completed training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Marsha Linehan's organization, Behavioral Tech, and she has completed training on Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Thomas Lynch's organization, Radically Open. These modalities allow her to help people make desired changes to minimize symptoms and build lives they feel are worth living and worth sharing with others.
Allison’s favorite skills are Opposite Action (from standard DBT) and the practice of "kindness first and foremost" from RO-DBT. When she’s not at Southlake, you might find Allison on a mountain, at a concert, or playing ball with her dog Karl.