I am a licensed psychologist (NE #845) in the State of Nebraska.
Education and Experience
I completed my Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction (’05), Master of Arts (’07) and PhD (’12) all at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL– Go Big Red!).
My clinical experiences have spanned across a variety of sites, including:
- Private Practice, 2012-current
- Nebraska Wesleyan Counseling Center, 2012-2016
- Center for Health and Counseling- Creighton University, Omaha, NE (Pre-doctoral internship)
- Counseling and Psychological Services- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Women’s Center- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Northeast High School- Lincoln, NE
- Hope Spoke, Lincoln, NE
- St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services, Lincoln, NE
Other stuff you may (or may not) want to know about me
Why psychology? I find it fascinating. I was hooked after taking Psych 101 in college. Seriously, hooked. I added it as a major and there was no looking back.
Why therapy? I love connecting with others. Giving others the gifts of feeling heard, validated, and sometimes challenged–I’m a big fan. It’s an honor to do this work.
But who are you, really? Sometimes people are surprised when they meet me in the therapy room, because Dr. Allison is basically just Everyday Allison, but with earrings and maybe (MAYBE) a nicer shirt. I’m straightforward and casual in my approach, and that’s because I don’t think therapy or psychology should be mysterious or elusive, nor do I think I need to be anything but who I am, even when I’m therapisting. I’m not saying that I talk to my clients like I’d talk with a friend–nah, because therapy isn’t about me, it’s about my clients. But in terms of my basic “way of being” in the world, I’m more or less always the same.
I have a special interest in rural psychology, or the experiences of people moving from urban to rural, or rural to urban. I grew up rural and I think it’s a culture of all its own, and one that’s better understood if you’ve lived it. (I wrote a whole dissertation on this.) For my other particular clinical interests, click here.
When I’m not seeing clients, I’m probably: writing, getting some exercise, engaging in some form of political activism, making an attempt at parenting tweens, drinking coffee, or playing with a dog (mine, or someone else’s. Dogs are fantastic). I’ve also made a hobby out of pastries, so it’s fairly often that I’m devouring a croissant, scone, donut, cinnamon roll…whatever I can get my hands on.