Our
Specialties

Our experienced therapists focus on you, the individual.

Below is a list of common therapeutic issues we work with at Alcorn and Allison. While your therapist will bring a great deal of expertise on these issues into treatment, you’ll find our real focus is you. You may fit one of these categories, or you may not.  We will be sensitive to your unique needs while bringing specialized knowledge and training in these treatment areas. Some therapists will be more experienced in certain areas than others so let us know what you are looking for and we’ll help you find the right fit.

  • Academic Struggles
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Social Anxieties
  • Assertiveness
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral Management Strategies
  • Bipolar Disorder I & II
  • Depression
  • Developmental Delays
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Grief and Loss
  • Issues of Spirituality and Faith
  • Women’s Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Oppositional/Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Struggles
  • Marital Conflict
  • Personal Exploration and Growth
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relational Stress
  • Self Harm
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders

Anxiety

Stress is part of the human experience. However, anxiety can be crippling, painful and overwhelming. While anxiety ranges in intensity and severity, there are some common characteristics:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Intrusive thinking
  • Fears and phobias
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Feeling out of control
  • Restlessness or feeling “on edge”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Compulsive behavior with the goal to reduce stress

Although there are commonalities, anxiety may expose itself in different ways. Social Phobias, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Panic Attacks are a few specific examples of anxiety disruptions.

Suffering from anxiety can be debilitating and it may feel like there is no escape. However, anxiety is highly treatable. We have many trained therapists who work directly with anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Learn more in depth information about Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders through HelpGuide.Org >

Therapists that work with anxiety:

Depression

Depression is a common, serious illness and not at all a personal weakness. Depression can happen to anyone, at any age. Warning signs of depression:

  • Fatigue/Low energy
  • Lack of interest and pleasure in activities
  • Periods of tearfulness
  • Feeling empty
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Thoughts of worthlessness
  • Excessive feelings of guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Indecisiveness, difficulty concentrating

Depression can be decreased or alleviated with supportive therapy from a trained counselor at Alcorn and Allison. If you suffer from a low mood or any of the symptoms listed above, please contact us today.

Read more about Depression and treatments through the National Institute of Mental Health >

Therapists that work with depression:

Marital Conflict

How do you know when it’s time to consider going to marriage or couples counseling? This is a very common question. It can be difficult to identify the difference between a “rough patch” and crisis time for your relationship. Although every couple is different, there may be a few key factors to help you decide if now is the time for your relationship to seek some support.

Couples counseling may be appropriate if within the relationship:

  • You feel afraid to bring up concerns
  • You increasingly withdraw or disengage from your partner
  • There is a significant change in your sex lives
  • You increasingly argue with little resolution
  • The conflict is viewed as the opposite partner’s problem
  • When affairs are contemplated or infidelity has occurred

It is significant to note that you don’t need to be at a crisis point in your relationship to seek counseling. Many couples desire the opportunity to deepen their relationship, intimacy and understanding of one another in a constructive environment.

If you are at a crisis point in your relationship, or are interested in improving your connection and preventing pitfalls, please contact us to learn more about couples treatment. We utilize a specific theoretical model we within our couples work at Alcorn and Allison called Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Click here for more information on Emotional Focused Therapy >

Therapists that work with marital conflict:

Self Harm

Self injury is a complex behavior, common with adolescents, that can be quite difficult to understand. In general, it is the act of intentionally causing physical pain to ourselves.  For the parent, it can be shocking and unsettling to uncover. For the person who self harms, it can feel quite threatening to consider changing their behavior. Often, there is a complicated mix of intense shame and the strong desire for someone to understand and help.

Self injury takes a wide variety of forms including: Cutting, Burning, Pinching, Head Banging, Punching, Picking, Biting, Carving. Self Injury can also be presented in different, perhaps more acceptable ways: Tattooing, Body Piercing, Under/Over-Eating, Alcohol/Drug Use, Smoking.

Important things to remember about Self Injury:

  • Self injury is unique to the individual
  • Self injury is a common issue, often hidden out of shame
  • Self injury isn’t necessarily about suicide
  • Self injury is not just about attention seeking

Important things to consider when talking with someone who Self Injures:

  • Express care and concern
  • Put aside judgements and criticisms
  • Suggest that self injury is a common struggle for many people – they are not alone
  • Take self injurious behaviors seriously

Contrary to its implications, self injury is actually used by the individual to feel better, or as a way to cope. Within a trusting therapeutic relationship, we work to understand the person’s individual connection with self harming and collaborate to support the individual in their delicate process of change.

Students Against Depression is an helpful organization aimed at helping youth, or students, suffering with mental illness.

They have a great resource for self injury found here >

Therapists that work with self harm:

Grief and Loss

Experiencing loss is universal, but how we each deal with it is unique. Anger. Fear. Sadness. Loneliness. Just some of the intense emotions that may accompany an experience of loss. Your grief may be complicated, with mixed emotions and confusing thoughts. It may feel encompassing and inescapable.

Our compassionate and understanding therapists can help join you in this period of considerable life change, giving you a safe place to grieve and honor your losses. There can be relief, and we are ready to provide the caring space you may need.

A helpful collection of personal and scholarly articles on grief can be found on Psychology Today’s website >

Therapists that work with grief and loss:

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life.

Anorexia Nervosa — often simply called anorexia — is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of weight or shape. When you have anorexia, you excessively limit calories or use other methods to lose weight, such as excessive exercise, using laxatives or diet aids, or vomiting after eating. Efforts to reduce your weight, even when underweight, can cause severe health problems, sometimes to the point of deadly self-starvation.

Bulimia Nervosa — commonly called bulimia — is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. When you have bulimia, you have episodes of bingeing and purging that involve feeling a lack of control over your eating. Because of guilt, shame and an intense fear of weight gain from overeating, you may force vomiting (purging bulimia), exercise too much, or use other methods to get rid of the calories.

Binge-Eating Disorder — When you have binge-eating disorder, you regularly eat too much food (binge) and feel a lack of control over your eating. You may eat quickly or eat more food than intended, even when you’re not hungry, and you may continue eating even long after you’re uncomfortably full. After a binge, you may feel guilty, disgusted or ashamed by your behavior and the amount of food eaten. But you don’t try to compensate for this behavior with excessive exercise or purging, as someone with bulimia or anorexia might.

Eating disorders don’t typically go away on their own and leaving them untreated can have serious consequences, at times even death. The development of a diagnosable eating disorder is usually preceded by poor self-image, spending a lot of time thinking about food and one’s body, regular dieting and/or exercise, occasional bingeing. Research shows that early intervention is crucial in treatment of unhealthy eating behaviors.

At Alcorn & Allison, we have therapists trained specifically to work with eating disorders. We adopt a collaborative approach to the treatment of disordered eating which involves coordinating care with nutritionists, medical doctors or naturopathic physicians. Our therapists help identify and address the psychological issues that underlie eating disorders which are unique to each client.

Click here for more information about Eating Disorders: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn

Therapists that work with eating disorders:

Women’s Issues

Women’s life journeys can carry unique challenges when it comes to the topic of pregnancy and motherhood. If you are struggling with any of the following, you may consider using therapy as a tool for growing and healing:

  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Difficult pregnancy
  • Traumatic birth
  • Anxiety about upcoming birth or life changes that it brings
  • Relational struggles after birth
  • Merging identities of a professional and a mother
  • Postpartum depression
  • Post-abortion recovery
  • Negative self-image and self-doubt
  • Body image and unhealthy eating patterns

Therapists that work with women’s issues:

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