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Alison McCandless, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hi all! I am Ali and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have worked for a community mental health agency in Chicago for the past 3 years and I am originally from Southern California. I just recently moved to Denver, CO this summer. I am currently licensed in Illinois and Colorado.
My experience is working in community mental health, I engaged with low-income folks with various mental health needs, such as life stressors, mood and psychotic disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma. I believe everyone has a story to tell and that each one matters.

I use different approaches depending on client’s needs. I engage Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic model and strengths-based approach. In addition to building in coping skills or behavioral modification, I take time gathering client’s history in order to help the client make connections and meaning of their past experiences. I value using biopsychosocial assessment which gages client’s level of functioning and prevalence of symptoms.

In 2023, the world can be and feel like a messed-up place… getting support for your mental health is important. I serve my clients without judgment and with hope.

If you think we would be a good fit, I would love to meet you and support you in your therapy journey!

Professional experience

3yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Video
Phone
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Messaging

License information

IL LCSW 149024690

CO LCSW CSW.09929741