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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.
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)
Allison Berwald is not in-network with any insurances.
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
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.
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
New Jersey: 44SC06134400
New York: 082365