Alison Young

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I once believed that if I could just hide my anger and fear, then it was as if they didn’t exist. As long as no one noticed, I thought, I was succeeding.

What I know now is that we can ignore our painful feelings, but they build up inside of us anyway. This build-up can manifest in many different ways, like feeling empty and alone. The build-up can also lead to sadness, stress, anger, over-medicating, bodily aches and pains, and self-destructive behaviors.

What I’ve learned is that to regain control and find a sense of peace in our lives we need to be open and honest about our feelings. This can be especially difficult in a society that values independence and the outward appearance of being “fine.”

What I’ve found is that to reach our full potential we must first understand (and ultimately accept) ourselves on a deeper level and then consider new ways of thinking and being in the world.  I know that this can be a daunting process.
But what I’ve discovered is that a competent and caring therapist can be an invaluable resource as well as a supportive ally in our attempts at change and growth.

After graduating from California State University Northridge in 2006 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, I started my practice at the Family Resource Counseling Center in West Los Angeles. In addition to working with adolescents, adults, and couples, I lead a women’s empowerment therapy group. I  I have also worked with adults struggling with persistent mental illness at Alcott Center for Mental Health Services, counseled adults and facilitated therapy groups at Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC), and provided therapy to at-risk middle and high school students and their families for Outreach Concern and SCCC.

Associations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
  • Society for the Psychology of Women