Resident in Counseling
Allyson is a Resident in Counseling for The Wise Family! She is currently a School Counselor in Northern Virginia, where she works with children ages 3-13. She has over a decade’s worth of experience working with young children and adolescents in various arenas.
Allyson earned her B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Music, Theatre, and Film from Saint Joseph’s University (Go Hawks!). She continued her graduate studies at Seton Hall University, where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling. Allyson currently integrates a child-centered approach, alongside a cognitive-behavioral approach when working with clients and their parents. She also incorporates music and other creative arts strategies to help children express their thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic environment. She hopes to become a registered play therapist.
In her free time, Allyson can be found at the ice rink figure skating, reading a book, or taking “Gidget” (her very energetic Golden Retriever) for a walk. She also enjoys going to concerts, sailing, and playing tennis. A fun fact to know – Allyson has been sailing for over 12 years! She looks forward to meeting you and your child in the office.
She has been a tremendous help with family issues and getting our children organized for success in life. Highly recommend her.— Mom of three young adults ages 20 – 24
“I went home and practiced what Amy taught me…and it worked!”— 8-year-old coaching client
“Amy brings together the best emotion-focused strategies with cutting-edge brain science to change the lives of children and families”— Parent of adopted twin girls
“Amy is like Oprah – she’s the neighbor you love who is very, very smart”— Parent of 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter