Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Mood disorders
- Family dynamics
- Interpersonal skills
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Alison Akers is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in Lincoln, RI. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, family challenges, and interpersonal skills. Alison draws from skill-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in order to equip her clients with real-world skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Alison works collaboratively with clients to create an individually tailored healing plan that speaks to their unique challenges and goals. Sessions focus on identifying and taking productive next steps towards therapeutic objectives. In order to maximize each session, Alison maintains a peaceful and caring workspace, incorporating techniques such as meditation, music, and journaling.
Alison uses biopsychosocial and ecological assessments to understand a client's unique background. She assesses client cognition, behavior, and emotions to get a holistic view of their wellbeing, and uses these analytics to guide each individual through a highly personalized style of treatment.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Interpersonal skills – Learning skills to cope with interact with others
Transition to new motherhood – Working with women as they adjust to new motherhood
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Pain management – Managing pain, e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to break from harmful thought patterns
Alison is not in network with any insurances.
Initial Session: $100
Ongoing Sessions: $60
Therapist's note: Alison can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Your privacy is my primary concern. Coming to therapy outside of the city is a way to address highly personal matters, with a caring professional. I work with your needs with interest and enthusiasm, starting you on a path to progress.
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Practitioner, 2016