17 Years Exp
17 Years Exp
Hi there, I'm Allison Santero, LCSW. I have been a Clinical Therapist for over 20 years, treating children, adolescents, adults and families. I graduated with my Masters Degree from Monmouth University, as well as receiving a School Certification in Social Work. I have extensive experience in healthcare/ hospital settings, which broadens my skill set and allows me to take into consideration how physical health affects emotional health. I have experience working with individuals and families going through difficult transitions such as divorce, trauma or academic challenges, as well as anxiety, depression, self harm and bullying with coinciding diagnosis. I have also worked with and have experience with the LGBTQ community. Together, we can strategize about what to do to help you to manage your emotions.Whether you're dealing with overwhelming relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hang-ups and habits holding you back. Let's work together!
One break through I achieved was having a trans person finally come to terms with her gender identity.
Clients can expect me to evaluate their childhood, patterns of negativity or trauma, investigate why they are feeling the need for counseling and what their goals are for therapy.
My first session isn’t just a time for demographic gathering. It’s important that my clients understand that counseling is a process that can work for them, so we’ll spend time tackling a specific issue all while establishing a trusting bond.
I have always wanted to help individuals with mental and emotional problems to assist them in reaching their goals in life.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I feel I connect very well with teenagers and young adults in guiding them on the path to their fullest potential. I am focused on the here and now and I want to know what is important to you and how we can move you towards your mental wellness goals. I am so excited that you are choosing to make a positive choice in your life today and I am here to support and empower you through the entire journey. I look forward to working with you!
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I am interested in helping individuals via CBT to regulate emotions and reframe cognitive messages. I aim to provide the highest quality therapy to help individuals find solutions independently and allowing them to put the skills I teach them to work in their own personal life. Your treatment plan will be individualized and tailored to fit your specific needs.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and couples therapy. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, social anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues and life transitions. While I have worked in a general way with all ages and a variety of groups, my focus is working with adults.