Meet Alison Atkins, MS, NCC, LPCC
While working as a county caseworker in the foothills of Colorado, I realized what a dearth of services existed for the families with whom I worked. It was at that time, that I decided to obtain my Master of Science degree in Counseling in order to be able to provide therapeutic services to those who need it most. For my internship and one year post degree work, I provided individual, family and couples counseling at the Mountain Resource Center. It was here that I made a significant connection within the veteran community and have been able to treat numerous vets and their family members. I also specialize in treating at-risk youth, those struggling with trauma/victimization as well as behavioral/legal issues. Because my approach is trauma focused, I work best with veterans who are looking to work on developing successful re-integration skills as well as addressing post-traumatic stress related symptoms. While I treat child and adult clients who have experienced a variety of types of trauma, I’ve been specializing in recent years with those who have recent or a history of sexual abuse.
As with any community, mountain communities have their own unique culture. I live and work in this community and find I more easily relate to those who live here as well. Clients have described me as straightforward and “no nonsense”. I help clients explore new ways of thinking, creating a new perspective while addressing maladaptive coping based on previous experiences. I create an active healing environment, which is much more than just talk.
In the summer of 2016, I trained Jase, my dog, to be a therapeutic tool. He assists clients in managing heightened feelings, allowing for more progress in sessions.
Enough about me, let's head over to meet Jase!
- Master of Science, Capella University, 2015
- Bachelor of Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2004
Licenses and Certifications:
- State of Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, #14428, effective August 26, 2015