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. If I can APPEAR more put together, it will all come together, right? Wrong. What happened was my anxiety grew, tension in my body increased, and I felt utterly disconnected from the people in my life.

What I’ve learned through life, educational and work experiences is that to truly be our best selves we need to be who we really are, faults and all. We need to be open and honest, and we need a place where this is not just tolerated but welcomed and accepted.

How I work

During each session, I try to provide a sense of safety and trust by being respectful, curious, non-judgmental and honest. Together we work to build a strong working relationship. This working relationship provides the ideal context from which to bring what isn’t working into the light and try out alternative ways of showing up and relating in the present.

I am a lifelong learner and always strive to stay up-to-date on current research in the field, especially as it relates to trauma-informed care, the mind-body connection, attachment and psychodynamic therapy. I have had a busy private practice for over 10 years helping adults and teens, and I feel honored to be able to do what I do. Call today for a free 20-minute phone consultation.


  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute,  Graduate Level 1
  • EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapy Basic Training, Part 1