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, and also relies on cognitive behavioral, narrative, and strengths based concepts that empower clients to understand that they have the expertise to have a different relationship with their problems.
Her collaborative, creative, and nonjudgemental approach is especially useful with children, adolescents, and families. Having graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Education and Social Policy in 2001, she then moved to San Diego to work for a nonprofit where she became well versed in advocating for youth within the judicial and foster care systems, and collaborating with community advocates. This experience fueled her desire to obtain her masters of social work (MSW). She graduated from a clinical master's program, Smith College School for Social Work, in 2005.
What is her expertise?
Allison obtained her LCSW in California while working at an adolescent community treatment facility near San Francisco, and while getting extensive training in Brief Therapy at the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto where she 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 coauthored an article with MRI's director, 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 2008. While in the schools Allison provided trainings to administration in crisis intervention and developed and led student Anger Management and Grief Groups.
What else should we know about Allison?
Allison relocated to Florida and worked as a 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 (Partial Hospitalization Program, Adult IOP, and Adolescent IOP). In 2014 she moved to Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters and joined Finding Solutions, where she enjoys working in a close knit and collaborative private practice setting.