Alison  Petok
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Alison Petok

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Master of Public Health, MPH
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Updated November 8, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Cancer
  • Caregiver stress & support
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Chronic illness
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement

Professional statement

Alison Petok is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Her career has been focused in oncology and she is well-versed in navigating the medical system. Alison has worked extensively with individuals facing a cancer diagnosis as well as chronic illness, chronic pain, end-of-life issues and survivorship. She has also worked to support caregivers, family members, and medical professionals who are coping with burnout.

Alison practices from a strengths-based perspective and will bear witness to and hold space for your lived experiences. She will support you and your loved ones through adjustment, transitions, loss, grief, and survivorship, as well as coping with uncertainty.

Alison received her Master’s in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and her Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked in various hospital based and outpatient settings, including the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Fox Chase Cancer Center. In addition to private practice she holds a part-time social work position at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alison is currently holding all sessions via Telehealth.


Message to clients

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer or any chronic illness is a life-altering experience which can cause anxiety, distress, and feelings of loss. I work to create a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental space to explore these feelings, practice self-compassion, and develop sustainable coping skills. My goal is to help you feel less distressed and more whole, so that you can manage these challenges more effectively and feel more connected to the people and experiences that bring you joy.

Managing serious health conditions, including cancer and chronic illness, as well as being a caregiver, can be challenging. If you or a loved one are facing any of these issues, please reach out to connect.


Specialties

Cancer - Working with individuals diagnosed with cancer, from treatment through all stages of disease

Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Alison Petok is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $140 (50min)
  • Initial session: $140 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $160 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-12pm
  • Tue 9am-3pm
  • Wed 9am-2pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Social Worker, 2021 - Present
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Oncology Social Worker, 2013 - 2019
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Project Manager, 2012 - 2013

University of Pennsylvania, Master in Social Work, 2012
University of Pennsylvania, Master in Public Health, 2012


Licensure

Massachusetts: 122759


Languages

English