About Dr. Allison

“Dr. Allison”

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Mississippi State University in 1996 and moved to Memphis in August 1997 to attend graduate school at The University of Memphis, where I received both my masters and doctorate degrees in the field of counseling.

While working on my masters degree, I began doing in-home ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy with children along the autism spectrum, trained by a consultant from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.), located in Los Angeles, California. After graduating with my masters degree and being accepted into the counseling doctoral program in 2000, I was fortunate to get hired part-time as a Program Therapist at a day treatment facility for children and adolescents with behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. This provided me with invaluable experience and the opportunity to learn from and meet many professionals in and around the Memphis area. In addition, the facility began to see an increasing number of clients with diagnoses along the autism spectrum.  As a result, I began supplementing my formal education by attending numerous conferences and workshops around the country related to working with this fast-growing population.  Upon completion of my doctoral degree, I continued working at this facility and also began doing some private practice work, primarily working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), High-Functioning Autism, or Asperger’s Syndrome.

As a result of my growing interest in autism spectrum disorders and the genuine enjoyment I had when working with these clients, I chose to go into private practice and specialize in individuals with social-cognitive challenges (my current clients have a variety of diagnoses and some have no formal diagnosis yet struggle socially). Social Therapy opened in August 2007 and I am fortunate in that the business grew quickly and has been very successful. However, my philosophy is “QUALITY OVER QUANTITY”. Therefore, the number of clients admitted into groups (along with the number of therapists working each group) is very important. While Social Therapy has many clients attending groups each week, I still feel that the practice is small enough to be able to give each of the clients the individual attention they deserve, with communication with parents being a top priority.

I am also the mother of 2 boys (Brady, age 13 and Parker, age 10) that keep me VERY busy. I also have great family and friends that are very important to me and whom I try to spend time with (in between running my boys around to their sports and other activities).  I also enjoy running and playing tennis…although I recently haven’t been able to do as much of this as I’d like to and my game certainly shows it  🙂

Finally, I feel blessed because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my job!!!