Allison  Berwald
Vetted

Allison Berwald

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey, New York Accepting Online
Brooklyn, Maplewood Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 10, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Nonmonogamy, polyamory, and kink
  • Racism, oppression, and discrimination
  • Family issues
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Allison provides an affirming space to LGBTQIA+ adults and adolescents of all intersecting racial, cultural, religious and socioeconomic identities, with special experience in gender identity issues. In a world that is not always accepting of difference, she strives for an empathetic and judgement-free environment. Allison collaborates with clients to develop compassionate self-understanding, promote healing, uncover deep personal truths, encourage authenticity, and ultimately attain fulfillment on their terms using a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens.

Allison's practice works from the assumption that each person is the expert of their own experience shaped by specific social realities. She considers her role as not to tell you how to lead your life, but to actively listen and guide you to identify changes you want for yourself. The work will aim to support self-reflection with connections between past and present, expand your recognition of options, identify unhelpful patterns, learn to work through painful feelings and experiences, and identify and manage emotional challenges with more calm and assurance. While she is formally trained and takes the therapeutic process very seriously, it is important for there to be space for humor and enjoyment when connecting with her clients.

Prior to starting her private practice in 2017, Allison worked for many years with LGBTQIA+ youth at a non-profit in NYC, most of whom were low-income BIPOC. Allison has been an expert panelist and presenter at conferences throughout the tri-state area and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy entitled "LGBTQ Adolescents," published in 2016.

Allison is currently offering individual therapy for adults and teens ages 13+ remotely through Zoom for clients living in New York and New Jersey. Allison also offers clinical supervision to other therapists.


Message to clients

It has been my mission over the course of my career to center and uplift historically oppressed and marginalized individuals as a psychotherapist and advocate. I specialize in issues commonly experienced within the LGBTQIA+ community and am experienced in working with people of all intersecting identities, including BIPOC of varying cultural and religious backgrounds, immigrants/children of immigrants, folks living with disabilities and chronic illness, and people of all socioeconomic realities.

I provide a supportive setting for clients of all identities to share what brought them to therapy, explore the ways their lived experience have shaped who they are today, understand how historical experiences of trauma and oppression across generations impacts how one exists in the world currently, and clarify where they are going in the future. Our process seeks to reveal the most authentic self possible, leading to more clarity and happiness.

I offer a collaborative therapeutic environment to develop a comprehensive understanding of the situations and challenges that individuals from all walks of life face. It is my goal to make people feel heard, gain insight and increase self-understanding. I am here to actively listen, advocate and guide you to a better life.


Specialties

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Nonmonogamy, polyamory, and kink - Exploring one’s values in and beliefs about relationships; practicing boundary-setting, conflict resolution, and romantic or sexual relationship bonding with partners

Racism, oppression, and discrimination - Exploring how racism, oppression, and discrimination impacts one’s life, including relationships, work life, and self-esteem; growing self-care practices to combat the negative emotions that arise when faced with identity-based adverse experiences

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Allison Berwald 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: $250 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $250
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

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
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

My sliding scale is $125-$250 based on what the client is able to afford. I do this because being able to charge higher fees for those that can afford it allows me to charge lower fees/offer pro bono services for those of marginalized identities with lesser means. The fee is determined during the consultation in collaboration with the client.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11am-7:15pm
  • Wed 10am-5:30pm
  • Thu 10am-5:30pm
  • Fri 10am-5:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11am-7:15pm
  • Wed 10am-5:30pm
  • Thu 10am-5:30pm
  • Fri 10am-5:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Brooklyn practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Maplewood practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Private Practice - Allison Berwald, LCSW, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Hetrick-Martin Insitute, Clinical Coordinator/Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2018

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 2016
Columbia University, MSW, 2011


Licensure

New Jersey: 44SC06134400

New York: 082365


Languages

English