B.A. Communication, University of Maryland/ M.A. Art Therapy, New York University
Allyson has more than 25 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in outpatient, residential and hospital settings. In her clinical work, Allyson invites clients to use their own creative processes as an integral part of treatment by offering opportunities for connection, self-compassion, emotional regulation, flexible thinking, enhanced problem-solving and recognition of personal competency. Allyson specializes in helping people with anxiety, depression, addiction, attentional and trauma-related issues.
While training at NYU, Allyson was taught and mentored directly by art therapy pioneer Edith Kramer. She brings this foundational knowledge and breadth of experience into her clinical practice as a board-certified art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. An integral part of the treatment team, Allyson incorporates person-centered, cognitive behavioral, trauma-informed, neurosequential, family systems and psychoanalytic approaches into her work with clients.
I like to remember that before I can be good at something, I must be brave. I challenge myself to try things that scare me, and I know that making art can sometimes feel as risky as climbing a windy mountain. I like to lend my bravery to others when we are making things together, to go for the pizazz, to throw a little “Wow!” on the page. I love that. You never know for sure what you're going to create. That’s the magic.