Allison Davis, or “Ms. Alli” as some of her clients call her, has over 10 years of experience in the human services field focusing on issues of mental health and wellness with a special focus on working with girls and women to reach their full potential. Her passion for facilitating growth in others came at an early age when she volunteered at a women’s shelter while in high school. Allison went on to get her Bachelors in an interdisciplinary program at Penn State and a Masters in Counseling and a Doctorate in the field of Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She has completed advanced training in expressive arts techniques appropriate for people of all ages in touch (or who want to get in touch) with their inner creator. She is a trauma-focused counselor with specialized certifications in treating posttraumatic stress, including Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is also a trauma-informed trainer available to local organizations interested in adopting a therapeutic approach to difficult child/adolescent behavior. Basically, she loves being able to play a role in helping people of all ages thrive!
Certified Yoga and Teen Yoga Teacher – Camp Utopia and The Little Yoga House
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist – Integrative Yoga Therapy and Sundara Yoga Therapy
EMDR Certification – Rick Levinson, LCSW
Completed 500 hours of supervised expressive arts/play therapy experience/50 hours of concurrent play specific supervision – Dr. Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Trauma-Informed Sandtray Therapy with Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S at the Texas State Institute for Play Therapy
Advocating for Play Therapy in Schools with Stephanie Eberts, PhD at the Texas State Institute for Play Therapy
Play Therapy with Grieving Children and Families with Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S at the Texas State Institute for Play Therapy
Neurobiology of Sandtray Therapy with Theresa Kestly, PhD from The Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico
First and foremost, I believe every individual is the expert on him or her self. With all clients I work from an empowerment model that honors clients’ self-knowledge and ability to search within to find their own answers with the guidance of a trained professional… no matter what their age! Since I view the counseling process as a shared journey, my clients and I work as a team to find what works best for them in accomplishing their wellness goals.
My integrated approach combines the visual arts, play, sandtray, and movement. While all forms of therapy encourage self-exploration, the expressive arts also emphasize self-expression, active participation, imagination, and mind-body connection. Paint, clay, music, and yoga become tools for communication, emotional release, and ultimately, healing. Expressive techniques may actually speed up the process of counseling because they invite people to experience themselves differently.
Expressive arts counselors like me use the arts to establish an open and supportive environment. This practice works especially well for tweens and teens, young adults, survivors of abuse and loss, and anyone else who might benefit from an active, experiential approach to self-exploration.
Overall, my approach is light-hearted and warm, with an emphasis on practical strategies clients can apply to their lives outside of therapy to meet their mental health and wellness goals. Clients have told me that they had no idea counseling could be so much fun! It is my hope that everyone working with me comes to understand that the process of becoming more joyful through self-exploration with a professional helper is a rewarding one about which they can be excited.
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