Allison is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a Registered Art Therapist. The art process had always been an integral part of her life; as she colored her way through middle school, high school and then college. Allison received her BA from San Francisco State in Art Education. Her experience as a community arts instructor led Allison to El Salvador to work with a small village and other artists and educators doing mural renovation, cleaning the village’s health center and creating a community garden.
Allison was later introduced to the profession of art therapy and began her journey of becoming an art therapist. Since receiving her MA in Marital and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Allison has gained experience providing therapy in Los Angeles and now San Diego.
Allison has provided art therapy for young girls at an orphanage in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, helped run ArtSmart in LA-a program providing arts education to a local middle school, and helped run Summer Arts Workshop at LMU-engaging at risk youth in utilizing art and social justice to have a voice. As a therapist, Allison has gained experience working with at-risk youth in Hollywood, working with children and families in outpatient and school-based therapy, as well as working with adults dealing with substance abuse and mental health diagnosis.
On her own path to healing, Allison has obtained an appreciation for a holistic approach and gained understanding for the importance of treating the whole person. She believes in meeting each client where they are at and sees therapy as a collaborative process that is rooted in connection.