Allison Hart, Psych Assistant
M.A., Registered Psychological Assistant
San Francisco Office
- Adolescents, adults, and older adults
- Depression/anxiety/bipolar, perfectionism
- Core values identification + how to take actions in line with what you care deeply about
- Borderline personality
- Difficult life transitions
- Religious/spiritual struggles
- Interpersonal struggles
- Substance use/abuse
- College/academic strivings and barriers or difficulties
- Psychosis or schizophrenic spectrum disorders.
- MA in Experimental Psychology, Saint John’s University
- PhD in Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 16-week course and 3-day retreat with certificates
- 10-week course on Mindful Self-Compassion
- 12-week course Somatic Mindful Self-Compassion
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Division 36 of APA: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Bowling Green State University
who i work with
Clients who typically feel drawn to work with me are motivated to start action on changing their lives for the better, including breaking free from their self-limiting beliefs and behaviors, living more fully in the direction of their most cherished values, growing in self-compassion in ways that they never thought possible, and handling transition and uncertainty in ways that increase their sense of personal and often spiritual wholeness. I also have a niche for working with clients who struggle with relationship problems (communication and conflict resolution strategies), as I help them to gain clarity in their relationship values, learn assertiveness and boundary setting, communicate more authentically, grieve past relationships from divorce or loss, and heal codependency. I am also strongly committed to providing therapy to clients who have borderline personality struggles, difficulties with chronic pain, substance abuse, disordered eating, and schizophrenic spectrum disorders.
I take an integrative approach to providing therapy because I whole-heartedly believe that humans are dynamic and learn in different or multiple ways. It is my goal as a clinician to meet clients where they feel most authentically themselves. I am passionate about using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that incorporates mindfulness, acceptance, behavioral analysis, distress tolerance, clarifying your values, and building a more workable and purposeful sense of self, along with teaching clients skills in mindful or somatic self-compassion, interpersonal effectiveness, discussing spiritual doubt/struggles (if wanted/needed), and cognitive behavioral techniques, with the ultimate goal of becoming free from the suffering holding us back from living and being fully ourselves. There is some suffering that we all must endure simply because we are humans in an imperfect world and we care about building a meaningful life. I balance the practice of being freed from suffering with learning to live with certain forms of suffering – while ensuring that one’s suffering is purposeful and worthwhile rather than a meaningless hardship. I am skilled at integrating exposure therapy as well for those who suffer from trauma and PTSD symptomology.
I attended Saint John’s University in Queens, NY where I gained substantial experience working in trauma-focused assessment for adolescents and adults and obtained a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology. Afterward, I began my PhD journey in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, where I obtained my second Master’s in Clinical Psychology while working toward my Ph.D. I am now a PhDc (candidate) and I am a registered psychological assistant. This means that I have completed my education and a substantial portion of my experiential training (3+ years) on my way to obtaining licensure.
Why I love this work
Being immersed in a therapeutic bond that serves to empower, heal, and improve someone else’s quality of life and peace of mind is the bright spot of y life. When clients feel stuck, alone, broken, or confused, I feel honored and privileged to be there with them and help them feel, see, and experience a different way of life. I especially love when clients experience themselves differently and more
A bit more about me…
When I’m not working, I am all about self-care, connecting with the people I love, and engaging in social justice activities. I enjoy exercise, meditating, yoga, getting outdoors (hiking and being in the sun!), organizing and attending events that celebrate the people I love, scrapbooking, writing poetry, drinking matcha hot chocolate, reading tons of books in my little nook at home, and spending time with my 12-year-old mini daschund, Floyd. I am also SUPER into nutrition and intuitive eating, so I love cooking and trying new recipes. For social justice, I love reading/learning, engaging in difficult but necessary conversations, attending marches, keeping up-to-date on local and national level policies that differentially affect people based on their various identities, and being conscientious about the products I carry in my home and how my daily routines affect the collective.