My name is Allyson Klein, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and have over 20 years of experience working as a therapist in the mental health field. I earned my BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from Brandeis University and my MSW degree from the University of California Berkeley, and I have worked in many different settings, providing care to people in need. My passion is to connect with people who may be struggling in their lives and help them work towards achieving their goals. I approach my clients with compassion and a non-judgmental stance. In my work as a therapist I know that creating a safe space for my clients is the key to helping them change.
I have worked with a diverse range of individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, age groups, and sexual orientations. I am well versed in working with people who struggle with depression, anxiety and panic, history of trauma, emotional and binge eating, addiction, family and relationship issues, work stress, and a multitude of life problems.
My approach to treatment draws heavily on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Both modalities examine how our thoughts and behaviors influence our emotions and mood. DBT balances change strategies with acceptance strategies and is centered in the practice of mindfulness. Together we can identify ways of thinking and behavioral patterns that are leading to emotional pain and problems in living. Awareness is the first step; the next is beginning to make small changes that eventually lead to big changes. Change takes time, and it takes determination and courage. I am excited to walk that path with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LCSW L10203
CA LCSW LCSW20815
i've been to a lot of therapy and i'm grateful there are therapists like Allyson. She's a good listener and makes you feel brave to face yr problems
Written on Jun 08, 2023 after therapy with Allyson for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, coaching, and adhd
Very responsive, compassionate and helpful. Allyson is amazing!
Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Allyson for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties
Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with Allyson for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and sleeping disorders
I had some skepticism about using online therapy, but Allyson totally changed my mind. Allyson is kind, attentive, and truly cares about helping identify the root of the topics/issues we discuss so that I can change my behavior in a healthy, positive way. She listens without judgement and I feel so comfortable being able to speak freely with her during our sessions. I would recommend her to anyone seeking therapy in a heartbeat.
Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with Allyson for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Allyson is kind and respectful. She works with me in whichever direction I am going.
Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Allyson for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem
Allyson has helped me so much over the past couple of months! She’s a great listener and offers valuable insight. Highly recommend her.
Written on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Allyson for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes