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Allyson Stephens, LSW

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brené Brown

Insurances I Accept:

  • BCBS PPO (in the process of accepting more insurances)

Ages I work with:

  • 7+

Languages I speak:

  • English

Who Am I?

Hey there! I am Allyson Stephens (She/her)

I am a therapist that works with children, teens, and adults. I would love to help you explore why taking this step is showing vulnerability and bravery. Even if it is the first time in therapy or the millionth time, I will help guide your therapeutic journey. I can help you explore what your body is telling you and what that all means. If it is anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, big emotions, trouble expressing emotions, trauma, and many more. I would love to help you build the awareness and resiliency to deal with these uncomfortable emotions.

I have done my own healing journey and I think it is important to help my clients where they are at. If you are ready to fully heal or just deal with the current symptoms, we can work together to help you overcome the obstacles you face. I am a cisgender, first generation, white female that has explored and supported all backgrounds of culture, gender, and sexual orientation (LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC.)

I love working with:

  • Kids and teens working through anxiety, depression, dysregulated emotions, trauma, understanding family dynamics, self-harm, and low self-esteem symptoms.
  • Adults working through PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, generational trauma, working through chronic somatic systems, identifying boundaries, life transitions, building self-esteem, and working on healing self.

 

Some of my favorite approaches include:

Talking things through, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), learning about emotions, how the way we think about things can impact our emotions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), helping clients identify how their emotions feel in their body, trauma informed modalities, establishing skills to help regulate emotions, identifying where uncomfortable emotions come from like shame/guilt, mindfulness training, and somatic body work approaches. In the process of being trained in EMDR to help clients overcome past trauma and heal symptoms.

HOW I HELP

I believe that it is important for me as a therapist to listen and meet you where you are at. The more trust you put into this process, the more that change is possible. I believe that our past doesn’t define us, but it got us to where we are now. Right here, ready for this therapeutic process. I believe therapy works best when we work together as a team and have open communication. That isn’t going to be built over night and that is why this is a process. I believe change is possible through anyone if you are willing to do the work and put in the effort. I am here to help you through this journey.

What it’s like in a session with me

The goal is always to make sure you feel comfortable. I know at first it can be uncomfortable because we are expressing vulnerability. Whatever makes you feel most at ease, if it is using fidget, wearing comfy clothes, doing breathing skills together, or bringing your favorite stuffed animal, all are okay because this is your journey. The main focus, in the beginning, is how you feel when you are in my office and us building our relationship. Once we establish trust that is when the real work happens. I can help you process what your body can be signaling to you or how to process past experiences. I like to help spread awareness of breaking the stigma that emotions are bad. I will always listen and normalize your emotions. I will remind you how good it is to feel those emotions and provide you with skills to cope through them. My goal is that I want you to feel safe and heard during our sessions.

More about me

Outside of work I would say I am a homebody, but I enjoy being around others when I can. I love being around my friends, my partner, family, and my dog, Milo! I enjoy going to brunch with my friends, watch netflix with my partner, traveling, going to concerts, taking Milo on walks, swimming at the beach, creating art, and reading. I have a guilty pleasure for murder documentaries and reading books that are psychological thrillers… ironic?

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.

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