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ABOUT ME

Allison Gans,

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 

*Masters of Science in Counseling, Specializing in Child, Marriage, Family Counseling 2011 from San Francisco State University.

*Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, University of Michigan 2006

I am dedicated and experienced therapist with a diverse background in the field of therapy. With a passion for helping individuals lead more fulfilling lives, I have accumulated years of expertise and a strong educational foundation to support my clients.

I hold a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University. My undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan focused on psychology. I am committed to professional development and I am unwavering, as I regularly engage in continued education and training to stay updated with the latest therapeutic techniques and modalities.

Throughout my career, I have worked with a wide range of clients, each with their own unique challenges and goals. I use a wide variety of therapy techniques that is tailored to meet each unique client.  Some approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma recovery, play therapy, sand tray, and mindfulness. I believe in a holistic approach that considers the well-being of the whole person.

I am dedicated to helping individuals build resilience, enhance their mental health, and empower themselves to lead more satisfying and meaningful lives.

I am also proficient in providing play therapy services to children as young as 2 years old. I've worked at various schools throughout the Bay Area. For two years, I worked as the Support Counselor at Acalanes High school where I counseled youth with many mental health challenges. I also have extensive experience in trauma recovery with children, victims of domestic violence, and with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. I have worked extensively with parents to heal the effects of trauma and abuse on their children. I also enjoy working with pregnant and postpartum mothers. As a mom of two children, I have first hand experience of the challenges caregivers face.

 

When working with children and teens, I use various methodologies (please see children and teen section for more information). Regardless of age, I provide my clients with a safe environment so that they can discuss personal hardships in a nonjudgmental space. I believe all individuals are able to overcome challenges in life.

 

My goal is to help clients take responsibility and deepen their understanding of the decisions and actions they are taking. I want to help people examine their thoughts and behaviors in order to promote positive changes. Oftentimes this self-examination includes: letting go of negative behaviors, learning new skills, replacing bad habits with positive actions, forgiving others, and taking control in order to find happiness and acceptance.

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