Allison Whitman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and obtained her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Counseling with a Specialization in Student Services in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University. Allison has worked for over ten years with adolescents and young adults in intensive therapeutic placements, school based programs, and institutions of higher education. Allison has clinical experience in individual, group, and family therapy, parenting strategies, couples counseling, and crisis management.
Allison encompasses a wide range of therapeutic modalities based on the individual need of the client, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Strength Based Theory, Narrative therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help clients achieve goals and implement positive change they hope to achieve in their lives. Allison believes the foundation to a successful therapeutic relationship is first establishing a safe, nurturing environment where rapport can be established.
Allison’s career as a mental health provider is grounded in the treatment of anxiety, mood, personality, and trauma disorders, interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict, and self-esteem related issues. She specializes in teaching skills of emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness to cope with and manage life’s challenges and the emotions those challenges evoke within. Allison strives to address the root cause of any client issue through collaboratively discovering ways to improve the client’s situation, build strength, and resilience in order to help client’s reframe negative mindsets that disrupt overall functioning.
Allison is interested in working with individuals to help them manage life stressors and changes through the use of adaptive coping mechanisms, and improvement in relationships with friends, loved ones, and oneself. If you are an individual struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship problems, lack of balance, high stress, or problems with self-esteem, Allison will work to collaboratively figure out what you need in order to cope, enjoy life, stop focusing on your distress, relate better to the people who are important to you, and make healthy choices.