Dr. Allen holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and specializes in psychotherapy. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology 2008 and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2010 from the Illinois School of Psychology. She has provided psychological and mental health services in a variety of settings including Fantus Clinic of John Stroger Jr. Hospital (Outpatient Psychiatry and Diabetes Clinics) and the Emergency Room Psych Triage, Cook County Jail (Women’s Treatment) and Haymarket Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She has also treated a vast array of psychological issues including PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions, mood disorders and health related conditions.
Dr. Allen has also served under many federally funded grants. She served as a postdoc for a grant that provided psychological services to women offenders diagnosed with PTSD and Drug Abuse returning to the community from incarceration. She then served as a family therapist for a fatherhood grant which serviced recovering fathers’ and their families, and as a family therapist for recovering mothers who were pregnant or postpartum. As the family therapist, she taught and facilitated several psychoeducational groups on parenting, family unification, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. Additionally, she served under a grant in which she taught mothers and teenage daughters about sexual health, communication and prevention of STI’s, specifically HIV. Most recently, she worked on the Healing Trauma Together Grant, as a community partner clinician through HELP and CPS where she serviced Chicago public school teens who were dealing with chronic stress and trauma.
In addition to my love for all things psychology and personal development, I am a certified Yoga, breathwork and meditation teacher. I am also a certified Reiki practitioner. I often utilize breathwork in my sessions especially when clients have anxiety or panic issues. I find that working from a holistic approach which may include thoughts, patterns, dynamics and the body is very helpful to healing.In my spare time I love watching documentaries, musicals and dance. My teenage son and I often have dance battles in which I win. Just kidding, we don’t. But I do think I am a better performer, while he is a better dancer.