Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (17 - 24)
Mon: Flexible hours
Thu: Flexible hours
Specialties & expertise
College student mental health
Alyson Nash is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Lake View neighborhood in Chicago, IL. She sees individuals and couples ages 17 and up; many of her clients are women—though Alyson also sees men. She specializes in identity issues, life transitions, including becoming a mom or caretaker, career counseling, parenting issues, anxiety, and depression.
Alyson also has extensive experience helping individuals reassert themselves and learn how to not focus only on taking care of others. She also helps college students who experience anxiety, including test anxiety, and other academic issues. Some of her clients are interested in doing long-term work while others come in facing specific challenges.
Alyson takes a holistic approach and considers a client's mental and physical symptoms to gain a better understanding of the client's issues. When she first meets a client, Alyson takes a thorough assessment that not only addresses mental health, but also looks at sleeping habits, diet, and level of physical activity. She incorporates a combination of mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). She helps her clients identify their feelings and teaches them healthier coping strategies. Alyson also helps moms mange their anxiety and, in turn, teach their children how to manage anxiety.
Alyson has years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy with an emphasis on women's issues. She helps her clients come to a place of self-acceptance, feel empowered to take control of their life, and have the confidence to overcome future challenges. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
College student mental health – Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Mindfulness – Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Alyson is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $120/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Alyson can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“It takes courage to take care of your emotional health by committing to weekly therapy and learning new ways to relate to yourself and others. My job is to provide a mirror to reflect back to you what I hear you say and do in a nonjudgmental and empathic manner so together we can strengthen your emotional, mental and physical self. Investing in therapy is investing in yourself.”
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)
Holistic TherapyHolistic therapy views the mind, body, and spirit as interdependent components of the whole-person. With the help of a holistic therapist, clients develop increased awareness and acceptance of the whole self, promoting balance and well-being. (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.
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Girls in the Know, Community in Schools, 2009 - 2011
Counseling Center of Lakeview, 1998 - 2001
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1995 - 1998
Loyola University, MSW, 1995