Allie Wills MS, LPC
Poet Nayyirah Waheed writes:
want it to.
I believe that therapy is a healing process. We find the parts of ourselves that need healing to get to who we want to be and how we want to live. I believe that everyone has the ability to create those changes. In therapy, I focus on providing a safe space and joining you in this work, because I believe that much of healing needs to happen in relationship.
My approach is relational, person-centered, and trauma-informed. That means I think the therapeutic relationship is a means of healing, that I allow you to lead the process, and that I am aware of how much trauma can impact our lives. I also work from a systems perspective, meaning that I think the family, culture, and other systems we belong to strongly frame the way we interact with the world. I am compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative.
I am passionate about working with LGBTQI+ people, adolescents, spirituality, trauma, and dissociative disorders. I’m trained in pastoral counseling techniques and am happy to explore spiritual elements with those who are interested. I also have experience working with people with depression, bipolar disorder, self-injury, anxiety, and psychosis.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I received my master’s degree in clinical-counseling psychology from Illinois State University and my bachelor’s degree in psychology and French from the University of Michigan. (Go Blue!) I have worked for community mental health agencies, SASS (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services), a hospice, and a domestic violence shelter. I’ve done on-call crisis work with children and teens who are suicidal, aggressive, self-injurious, runaway, or locked out. I work with people of all ages, but I’m particularly passionate about working with teens. I also work with people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, faiths, and disabilities. I look forward to working with you.