Allahna Kaj has an integrative approach to individualized psychotherapy. She grounds her work in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which provides a framework for helping her clients understand their thoughts, emotions, behavior and reactions. She has six years of experience as a Group Facilitator and Individual Therapist in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based skills and mindfulness-based approach for creating emotional regulation, interpersonal and distress tolerance skills. Her approach is also informed by Polyvagal Theory, focused on the Vagal Nerve’s role in moderating the autonomic and sympathetic nervous system and the fear response. She is deeply invested in Interpersonal Neuro-biology, the critical role relationships play in overall wellness.
Ms. Kaj received her BA from UMass-Boston (2002) with honors in a double major—Psychology and Study of Religion with an undergraduate honors thesis on integrating psychology and religion. This was followed by a MSW from Smith College School for Social Work (2004), where her research focused on overcoming personal and spiritual crisis. After graduating, Ms. Kaj completed the UMASS Medical School practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
For over 15 years Ms. Kaj has helped her clients navigate life’s challenges—depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, medical problems, substance use, aging, disability. She also specializes in PFAOMC (Psychological Factors Affecting Other Medical Conditions).
Ms. Kaj offers a variety of logistical options for her Texas clients: meeting by telehealth, by scheduling an office visit or an outdoors walk-and-talk session, or in her outdoor courtyard area. For a free 20-minute consultation, please contact her on this page.
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals
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Years of Experience: 18 years
A.K. Counseling, Owner and Therapist, 2019 - Present
Blue Moon Senior Counseling, Therapist, 2018 - Present
Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, Individual and Group Therapist, 2018 - 2020
Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association, Social Work Case Manager, 2013 - 2016
Adcare Hospital, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2011 - 2012
Newton Wellesley Eating Disorders and Behavioral Medicine, Therapist, 2010 - 2011
Valley Psychiatric Service, Individual and DBT Group Therapist, 2004 - 2010
Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, 2004
University of Massachusetts-Boston, B.A. Psychology and Study of Religion, 2002