Allie Fridstein, Therapist in Columbus, Ohio — Zencare
Allie  Fridstein
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Allie Fridstein


Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Ohio Accepting Online
Columbus Accepting In-person
Updated December 5, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Drug addiction & abuse

Professional statement

Allie Fridstein is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbus, OH who is passionate about helping clients through major life changes. She loves utilizing strengths-based approaches to help clients cultivate a sense of self-worth rooted in compassion, growth potential, and authenticity. Her clinical approach is person-centered & non-pathologizing, aka not focused on finding a diagnosis but rather on collaboratively problem-solving and making meaning of the challenges life throws at clients.

As Allie loves to remind clients, "You are not 'broken' for having an adverse reaction to change." People tend to feel comfort in predictability and routine, and change (especially when sudden, unexpected, and/or tragic) inherently challenges us to sit with discomfort. Even deliberate and "happy" changes like starting a new career, getting married, journeying through gender transition, or establishing a sober lifestyle can still cause a myriad of complicated emotions as clients adjust to their new lives. And finding meaning in those changes while learning skills to manage the added stress is such a worthwhile endeavor.

With each of her clients, Allie focuses on being a validating, uplifting, affirming, and reassuring presence while also providing proper room to heal deep wounds and learn from past missteps. She prioritizes clients feeling supported, heard, valued, and empowered every session. Clients leave therapy feeling well equipped to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and communicate their needs and boundaries.

Allie has over a decade of experience working at a variety of mental health settings including outpatient community agencies, detention facilities, addiction recovery programs, crisis centers, schools, and hospice care centers.

Allie launched her own private practice, Capybara Counseling, LLC, in July 2022. Her office for in-person sessions is located at 1496 Old Henderson Road in Columbus. For telehealth sessions, Allie uses Zoom as her online platform.

Message to clients

Hey there!

Listen, I am so proud of you for prioritizing your mental health. It is not easy to be vulnerable and accept help from others, especially from someone new. The fact that you're reading this demonstrates your readiness to face your mental health goals and take control of your healing process.

No matter how daunting it feels to start (or restart) therapy, please remember you don't have to carry the weight of your struggles alone. We as a species survived this long by learning to lean on each other, support each other, collaborate with each other, and bring out the best in each other. It is not weakness to recognize counseling will help you lighten the emotional load and function at a higher capacity. In fact, it's a resourceful, courageous, and practical choice to use all the tools at your disposal.

Take a moment to consider how often you help your loved ones. How many times you've put your life on hold, reminded them that they matter, tried to make them laugh and smile, gave them a shoulder to cry on, encouraged them to keep going. You are just as deserving of the care, support, and kindness that you afford to others. You are so valuable and deserve to feel your best. I'm here to help make that happen.

You belong and are welcome here. And whether you want to meet in-person or via telehealth, we've got this. Together.

Love, Allie


Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress; exploring meaning of those changes for one's overall growth and sense of self.

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder).

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges; affirming all aspects of one's identity.

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of adversity, chaos, and overwhelming uncertainty.

Drug addiction & abuse - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on drugs/alcohol; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Allie Fridstein is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $70 - $140
  • Initial session: $225 (85min)
  • Individual sessions (extended): $200 (85min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

Clients may schedule 55-minute or 85-minute individual counseling sessions.

55-minute sessions are $140 each, and 85-minute sessions are $200 each.


Online Sessions (Ohio)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed 10am - 6pm
  • Thu 10am - 6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Columbus practice
1496 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed 10am - 6pm
  • Thu 10am - 6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Capybara Counseling, LLC, Mental Health Counselor, 2022 - Present
North Central Suicide Prevention Services, Suicide Hotline Trainer of Volunteers, 2012 - Present
LOVE Boldly, LGBTQIA+ Support Group Leader, 2022 - Present
Syntero, Inc. , Mental Health Counselor, 2020 - 2022
University of Louisville, Researcher, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Lecturer, 2018 - 2020
Netcare Access, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2020 - 2020
Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services, Mental Health Counselor, 2018 - 2019
Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Mental Health Clinician, 2017 - 2018
Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Mental Health Counseling Intern, 2016 - 2017
Harbor Light Hospice, Patient Advocate & Support Specialist, 2011 - 2015

Boston College, MA in Mental Health Counseling, 2017
The Ohio State University, BA in Psychology, 2015


Ohio: C.2002818