Who am I? Where have I been? And, who am I today? In short, on a personal note I married after graduating from High School at 17, was Divorced by 19, yet determined to live my best life in deference to my start. So, I took my oldest son to college with me and graduated at the top of my class before developing into the proactive eternal optimist that I am today. Yes, my own developmental journey evolved from that divorced single parent that simultaneously lovingly transformed and developed 3 very successful children into adulthood who now hold advanced degrees and are living their own best life.
Professionally, for over 17 years I have been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after earning a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology. I hold both state license and national board certifications as a psycho-therapeutic practitioner. Having demonstrated a career of clinical competence, I have specialized experience working in the areas of Behavioral Health and Wellness, Substance Use Disorders, Mind-Body Healthcare, and Life Coaching. I have acquired many years of grassroots field-based client experiences in a wide variety of clinical service delivery systems that have enabled and qualified me to practice independently as both a Psychotherapist and Transformational Life Coach. Always evolving, I am a business owner and solo-entrepreneur-- the poster child for Personal Growth and Development.
I bring added value to my patients and clients by having the ability to facilitate therapeutic mind-body treatment modalities on a range of issues ranging from Sadness/Grief/Depressed Mood, Substance Use or Abuse, Chronic Pain, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Anxiety/Stress Management, and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), among other debilitating life-altering or quality of life issues.
My counseling style is cognitive behavioral and solution-focused. Specifically, my clinical orientation incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mind-Body treatment interventions. Additionally, trained and certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and other mindful-based practices (i.e. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), etc.) I can help develop your self-care and personal development skills so that you are empowered and comfortable in using them throughout your life.
Working with me you’ll quickly find that I respect you by recognizing that there’s no single one size fits all therapeutic approach, and will treat you as the individual that you are. I utilize an integrative cognitive behavioral wellness health approach to ensure that I work therapeutically with the whole person.
Welcome to an unforgettable journey of life enhancing challenge! If you just need an outside perspective, want more satisfaction in your life, or mental wellness support, let me help you set goals and support you as your accountability partner towards achieving them. I can indeed assist you with strategies for navigating your difficult emotional life challenges.
You are invited in advance to join me on an unforgettable journey of thought-provoking discourse, transformative sustainable self-care, and life-enhancing empowerment!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Coaching, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy
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Dr Allen has a beautiful soul and keen ear with touching advise. She listens carefully so that she can pin point the concerns that trouble you and the ones you don’t know was troubling you. Its only been a few visits but I am very excited to see where the therapy takes me.
Written on Oct 30, 2023 after therapy with China for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dr.Allen was great! Very helpful & very knowledgeable. She helped set me up with tools to use in my daily life. I definitely see a difference. Thank you Dr.Allen!
Written on Sep 22, 2023 after therapy with China for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She's amazing. Getting all the help I thought I needed & more!
10/10 - I've already recommended her to others.
Written on Aug 14, 2023 after therapy with China for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Dr. China is what causes me to recommend BH all the time. She’s professional, experienced & an answer to my little prayer: to be matched w/the right therapist. Bingo!
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with China for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
Dr Allen gave me a safe space to be vulnerable and feel heard when I needed it. She is absolutely amazing.
Written on Mar 10, 2023 after therapy with China for 1 month on issues concerning parenting issues
Dr Allen is a very good therapist. She listens closely in order to understand what is troubling someone. She offers homework that helps with introspection and helps her understand you better. She offers advice when it’s needed, but also lets you talk through your problems. I highly recommend her.
Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with China for 1 month