Alison Young

I once thought that if I could just hide my own suffering, then it was as if it didn’t exist. As long as no one noticed, I thought I was succeeding. I entered this field as a client. Through therapy, I discovered hopefulness, which led to deeper awareness, which led to empowerment and ultimately inner peace.

What I’ve learned is that to regain a sense of control over our lives, we need to be open and honest and a place to do this. We need to see what gets in our way and do this with self-compassion.

I empower clients to find out what is most important to them, see their options and be the best version of themselves. I have had a busy private practice for 10 years helping adults, couples and teens. After receiving a master’s in counseling psychology, I completed the two-year counselor-training program at Southern California Counseling Center. The Center’s approach to therapy – strength-based, non-pathologizing and culturally sensitive – fit with my own approach and I never looked back. I recently completed Phase 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which uses thoughts, emotions and the body to transform traumatic memories into strengths and resources. I have found SP to be highly effective in helping clients learn to self-regulate and move into a higher functioning mode.

My education and training give me a solid theoretical and clinical foundation. My life experiences, including being a daughter, sister, wife and mother of two have taught me compassion, patience and the heart’s capacity for giving and receiving love.

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute,  Graduate Level 1