Jeffrey Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Gestalt therapist in Midtown, Manhattan. He’s is a faculty member and Clinic Director at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy and specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, depression, relationships, personality disorders, and mindfulness practices. Jeffrey works with adults across the lifespan.
As a Gestalt therapist with a trauma focus, Jeffrey has a deep understanding of the importance of body-based work and the connection between the mind and body. He often incorporates mindfulness practices into his sessions to help his clients better manage their symptoms. He utilizes a holistic approach that looks at both the immediate and underlying components of anxiety and mood disorders to understand how a person’s relational history shows up in the present moment. He helps his clients better understand their triggers and how they can navigate those moments when anxiety or panic arise, including doing breathing exercises, developing internal resources or connecting with their body. He believes that giving his clients these tools can help increase resilience and give them the confidence to manage a moment of crisis.
He also takes an insight-oriented approach by spending time exploring his clients’ relationships and what might be missing from these connections. Many times, a client experiencing panic attacks has had a recent shift in social bonds, including the loss of an important relationship in some way. This triggers feelings of loneliness and isolation, not always in a person’s awareness, that can increase anxiety and/or panic. He helps his clients uncover the layers to find the root causes of their symptoms and focus on rebuilding these connections and bonds.
Jeffrey ensures his clients feel safe, seen, and heard. Outside of his private practice, he is Coordinator of the international Gestalt Therapy Book Series. He has also studied with many leading Gestalt therapy trainers throughout the world. His office is conveniently located a few blocks from the 23rd and 28th Street subway stations.