By the time I was a sophomore in high school I knew that providing therapy was my dream career because of my genuine passion for ‘all things psychology’. I displayed a strong therapeutic skillset from a young age and became the go-to person for friends and classmates in distress. About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.
The first step toward pursuing this career was earning my BA in Psychology at UW-Madison. I enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to enroll in an extra academic year of upper-level psychology coursework (just for fun!), before earning my degree in 2004. To get more life and business experience I pursued my secondary career interest: marketing. After enjoying an eight-year career in advertising sales it was time to pursue my passion – psychotherapy – and I enrolled in a clinical master’s program at UW-Madison.
Before opening AK Counseling, Inc. to focus on work with couples and adults I had extensive therapeutic training with a wide variety of individuals who face mental health challenges including: families in crisis, developmental impairments, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, marital conflict, sexual challenges, infidelity, and non-traditional relationships. My training included (but was not limited to) the implementation of a variety of therapeutic models: Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Solutions-Focused, Emotionally-Focused, Imago, Mindfulness, Exposure, and Internal Family Systems. About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.
In 2011 I began volunteering my time on a weekly basis with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) to assist Madison-area residents who are victims of physical, verbal, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. One-on-one meetings with these individuals provide support, resources, and education to aid in their safety and ultimately improve their quality of life. About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.
I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County chapter as well as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Wisconsin chapters. I attend a variety of different professional networking events and enjoy meeting new people! About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.
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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
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A sense of humor and laughter are very important parts of my life!
Laughter brings levity and balance to me every day and is also a great way to connect with people.
Outside of my therapy practice, I enjoy hot yoga, cooking anything I can put a healthy spin on, tennis, nature hikes, kayaking, fitness training, biking to enjoy scenery, live music of many kinds, golf, new experiences, Northern Wisconsin cabin time, and travel of any kind.
I have a very sweet black cat named Nacho who never stops purring and provides a great deal of entertainment! This black cat turns 13 on Friday the 13th of March 2020! I’m going to say this is a lucky charm, not a curse… this is a lucky charm, not a curse… this is a lucky charm, not a curse…
Other fun nuggets…
Despite growing up and living in the Midwest I’ve been surfing multiple times and love it.
I’m a Badger through and through, Madison is my home town.
In 2004 to challenge my fear of heights I went paragliding in the Swiss Alps, it was unbelievably picturesque and thrilling. I would even do it again.
My favorite cuisines are Mediterranean, Mexican, and Italian.
In 2007 I faced my fear of heights (yet again) and went parasailing in Jamaica (by myself, nobody in tandem, scary!).
My birthday is the day after Independence Day and as a child, I believed the firework displays were part of my birthday celebration.
In 2014 to confront (you guessed it) my fear of heights I went ziplining in Costa Rica. I think of these challenges as giving myself exposure therapy, lol. Funny now; not funny at all in the moment.
I sincerely enjoy meeting new people and I’m the opposite of intimidating.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
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