Alison Newman Goncalves
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments with a 2-3 week wait
Offers remote video sessions as well.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
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Fri: Currently unavailable
Specialties & expertise
College mental health
Personal and professional growth
Holistic, mind-body approach
Alison Newman Goncalves is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on academic issues, college mental health, life transitions, personal and professional growth, and relationships. She enjoys working with college students as they navigate forming new relationships and the many challenges of being away from home for the first time. She also sees many adults through formative life transitions, including graduation, marriage, and pregnancy.
Alison provides skill-based support to help young adults manage anxiety around finding their social niche and discover an inner sense of belonging and self-worth. She has deep expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based treatment approach that equips clients with the behavioral skills to cope with uncertainty, regulate mood, and engage more effectively with others in the present moment.
Alison received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Princeton University and her Masters in Social Work from Boston College in Clinical Mental Health. Her extensive experience includes work at McLean Hospital as well as college counseling services at Wellesley College and Boston College. In addition to her clinical work, Alison has received training in yoga for emotional health. She utilizes a team-based approach, providing referrals for nutritional support and medication management as necessary. Alison works closely with clients to reduce stress in meaningful ways, tailoring the course of treatment to help each client find a renewed sense of peace and joy.
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Personal and professional growth – Feeling stagnant or at a crossroad in your personal or professional life; finding one's direction and purpose to have more meaningful relationships and careers
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
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
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Alison is not in-network with any insurances.
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Message to clients
"Alison Newman is a licensed clinical social worker in Brookline, MA, specializing in college student mental health and wellness. She works with adults, young adults, and older adolescents. Her areas of interest include: life transitions, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and the mind-body connection. While her treatment approach is eclectic and holistic, she pulls from a variety of modalities depending on the needs of the client. Alison has been trained in several evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, and MBT. She also incorporates stress-reduction, mindfulness, and yoga therapy techniques, when appropriate, to provide clients with practical skills to manage their everyday lives.
Alison believes in a collaborative approach and is committed to a strong therapeutic alliance. Her goal is to help clients live more rewarding and fulfilling lives, to make peace with the past, and enjoy the present."
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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, 2016 – Present
McLean Hospital, Therapist, 2014 – 2016
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Clinical Social Worker, 2011 – 2014
Wellesley College, Stone Center Counseling Services, Clinical Counseling Intern, 2010 – 2011
Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2017 - Present
Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing Certificate, 2017
Dialectical Behavioral Foundational Training, 2015
Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and the Body: Healing, Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress, 2015
Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training, 2015
Boston University, Certificate in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions, 2013
Boston College, MSW, 2011
Princeton University, AB, 2007