Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Holistic health and wellness
Alison Stone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Flatiron, Manhattan specializing in the unique challenges and joys of being a young adult. Alison works with clients in their 20s and 30s navigating anxiety, vulnerability, dating culture, social media, and the transition from college into the working world. She is passionate about helping millennials to explore their pasts and reach greater understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.
Alison’s approach is integrative and collaborative, utilizing principles from internal family systems, mindfulness practices, somatic intervention, and supportive therapy. With advanced certification in trauma studies and nutrition, she adopts a holistic philosophy incorporating elements of nutrition, diet, and sleep to ensure optimal mental and physical well-being. Alison also offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to help clients unlock difficult past experiences that remain trapped in the body, in order to move more fully into the present.
Alison is excited about uncovering the root cause of her clients' challenges. She patiently guides each client toward a more gentle relationship with themselves and success in their personal and professional lives. Her office is conveniently located in Flatiron, near East 23rd Street and 23rd Street metro stations.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
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
Holistic health and wellness – Optimizing wellness from a body, mind, and spiritual aspect
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Integrative nutrition – Using diet to optimize physical and mental health
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Alison is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $175/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
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
"In a world where we are bombarded with images of 'perfection', it is important to have a safe space where we can explore all areas of our lives; the parts that are working well, and the parts that are causing you distress. Through the use of holistic, integrative techniques, I will assist you in managing anxiety, navigating life transitions, and developing meaningful relationships. Together, we will explore barriers keeping you feeling stuck so that you can lead a fulfilling, rewarding life."
Treatment approachesEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy uses stories to connect an individual to their broader context, by exploring dominant stories and alternative stories; dominant plots and alternative plots; events being linked together over time that have implications for past, present and future actions. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives by rewriting narratives. (learn more)
Somatic Intervention Somatic intervention incorporates the narrative aspect of therapy with observing each individual's body movements. By becoming attuned to the body, one can learn to sense and disrupt habitual patterns and move forward in a calmer manner. (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
Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy, 2017 - 2018
Realization Center, 2012 - 2017
Harlem Teachers Zone, 2009 - 2010
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
New York University, MSW 2012
Emory University, BA 2009