Who is Allison?
Allison Wiese is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in child and adolescent depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief/loss, bullying, and family transitions such as divorce. She conducts individual and family therapy and leads substance abuse groups for teens. Allison utilizes brief therapy techniques, which is a concise and direct way of solving problems. She also relies on cognitive behavioral, narrative, and strengths based concepts that view problems as separate from people, and empower people to understand that they have the expertise to have a different relationship with their problems. Allison’s collaborative and non-judgemental approach is especially useful with children, adolescents, and families.
What is her expertise?
Allison graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Education and Social Policy. Upon graduating she worked at San Diego State University’s CHOICE Program, where she was awarded an Americorps Continuing Education Award. At the CHOICE Program Allison managed a diverse caseload of youth in the foster care system with the aim of preventing out-of-home placements, and provided on-call crisis intervention service. This experience led her to obtain her masters of social work (MSW) from a clinical master’s program, Smith College School for Social Work where her first internship was in Los Angeles at DiDi Hirsch’s Community Mental Health Center where she provided individual therapy and helped manage the Older Adults with Dementia program and ran support groups for their care givers. Her second internship was in the Bay Area at Redwood City’s Youth and Family Enrichment Services where she provided therapy to a caseload of clients experiencing a variety of mental health disorders, and also developed and co-led a student Grief Support Group at Burlingame High School.
Once she graduated from Smith, Allison obtained her LCSW in California while working as a therapist at Seneca Center, an adolescent community treatment facility, and while getting extensive training in Brief Therapy at the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto. While training at the Mental Research Institute, Allison saw clients individually at the clinic and worked as a school counselor in two East Palo Alto schools, supporting students in grades K-12. During this time she co-authored an article with MRI’s director, Karin Schlanger, titled “Fight Club: What Does and Does not Work” addressing using Brief Therapy with adolescents in a school setting (It was based on Allison’s work with a middle school client who was being bullied.), that was published in The Brief Therapy Journal in 2007.
Allison then relocated to Florida and was licensed there while working as a therapist at the community clinic Our Children Our Future in Hollywood, FL and while working as a therapist and program administrator at West Palm Hospital’s Psychiatric Pavilion for 4 years, developing and running the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, conducting individual, family, and group therapy on the various units (adult, acute, child, and adolescent) and in various programs.
What else should we know about Allison?
Having recently relocated with her husband and two daughters to Virginia from Florida, Allison is now licensed in Virginia. She is looking forward to working in a collaborative private practice setting at Finding Solutions with children, adolescents, and their families.