Alison is a Psychotherapist and a licensed/board certified Creative Art Therapist. Her background includes extensive experience working with children, individuals, and families providing counseling based on a strength-focused model. Alison has also provided short-term crisis intervention in emergencies. Her broad clinical experience gives her a sensitive understanding of complex family needs in a challenging urban environment.
As a Psychotherapist on a clinical interdisciplinary trauma team at a major hospital, Alison provided trauma-informed care to individuals. She is skilled in directing individual and group work from both psychotherapeutic and art therapy perspectives. She combines, psychotherapeutic interventions with meditation and art therapy to achieve stress reduction, self-awareness, and self-expression.
As part of her responsibility for weekly individual rehabilitation progress and assessment, she led a clinical behavior modification program; it was specifically designed to enhance cultural sensitivity and mutual respect, and to reduce aggressive behavior.
Her research experience includes working in a communication and play lab with children at risk for autism and their families. Alison facilitated recording home or lab visits to assess effectiveness of play therapy for early intervention. Alison also developed an original study of artistic expression in autism.