Specialties & Expertise
College mental health
Personal and professional growth
Holistic, mind-body approach
Alison Newman is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on academic issues, college mental health, life transitions, personal and professional growth, and relationships. She enjoys working with college students as they navigate forming new relationships and the many challenges of being away from home for the first time. She also sees many adults through formative life transitions, including graduation, marriage, and pregnancy.
Alison provides skill-based support to help young adults manage anxiety around finding their social niche and discover an inner sense of belonging and self-worth. She has deep expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based treatment approach that equips clients with the behavioral skills to cope with uncertainty, regulate mood, and engage more effectively with others in the present moment.
Alison received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Princeton University and her Masters in Social Work from Boston College in Clinical Mental Health. Her extensive experience includes work at McLean Hospital as well as college counseling services at Wellesley College and Boston College. In addition to her clinical work, Alison has received training in yoga for emotional health. She utilizes a team-based approach, providing referrals for nutritional support and medication management as necessary. Alison works closely with clients to reduce stress in meaningful ways, tailoring the course of treatment to help each client find a renewed sense of peace and joy.
Message to clients
Alison Newman is a licensed clinical social worker in Brookline, MA, specializing in college student mental health and wellness. She works with adults, young adults, and older adolescents. Her areas of interest include: life transitions, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and the mind-body connection. While her treatment approach is eclectic and holistic, she pulls from a variety of modalities depending on the needs of the client. Alison has been trained in several evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, and MBT. She also incorporates stress-reduction, mindfulness, and yoga therapy techniques, when appropriate, to provide clients with practical skills to manage their everyday lives.
Alison believes in a collaborative approach and is committed to a strong therapeutic alliance. Her goal is to help clients live more rewarding and fulfilling lives, to make peace with the past, and enjoy the present.
Academic issues -
Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
College mental health -
Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Life transitions -
Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Personal and professional growth -
Feeling stagnant or at a crossroad in your personal or professional life; finding one's direction and purpose to have more meaningful relationships and careers
Relationship issues -
Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Yoga-based therapy -
The use of specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to promote health and relaxation. A therapist trained in yoga and psychotherapy will work with the client to tailor the yoga practice to enhance and support the health and healing process
Holistic, mind-body approach -
Views the mind, body, and spirit as interdependent components of the whole-person. With the help of a holistic therapist, clients develop increased awareness and acceptance of the whole self, promoting balance and well-being
Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Work and Education
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, 2016 – Present
McLean Hospital, Therapist, 2014 – 2016
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Clinical Social Worker, 2011 – 2014
Wellesley College, Stone Center Counseling Services, Clinical Counseling Intern, 2010 – 2011
Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2017 - Present
Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing Certificate, 2017
Dialectical Behavioral Foundational Training, 2015
Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and the Body: Healing, Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress, 2015
Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training, 2015
Boston University, Certificate in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions, 2013
Boston College, MSW, 2011
Princeton University, AB, 2007