Hello! I am Alison Borden, a Licensed Professional Counselor at Ally Psychological Services. Over the last decade or so, I have worked all over the greater Philadelphia area in all types of settings. I couldn’t be happier to bring my skill set to Ally Psych!
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed care through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults, in-home, school, and outpatient settings. I am an LGBTQIA+ friendly counselor and welcome the opportunity to help you make the changes you’re looking for and the healing you deserve. When we work together, you’ll find that I am passionate about effective, high-quality treatment. I incorporate evidence-based practices, humor, kindness, and unconditional positive regard in all of my work. One of my favorite psychologists, Carl Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” and I think that is so true; I am here to help you accept who you are and then become the person you want to be.
When I’m not working, I am usually hanging out with animals, whether they are my pets or the wild ones that I try to befriend in my backyard. Disney movies may have given me unrealistic expectations regarding animal interaction, but I’m not giving up on my dream of a talking animal sidekick just yet. I also enjoy working on my house and traveling with my husband.
- I grew up in central Florida
- I taught my cat to sit and high-five on command
- Before I went to school for counseling, I was sure I was going to be an entomologist (a bug scientist)
- I have a large fossil and geode collection
I graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Art Studio. Afterward, I attended La Salle University for my Master’s in Clinical Counseling. While there, I interned at Elwyn Wraparound Services working with children and their families. Simultaneously, I worked at an art program for adults with developmental disabilities. While pursuing my license, I worked at the Center for Autism as well as a behavior and sexuality consultant at Kencrest Services. After licensure, I worked as an outpatient therapist at the Center for Autism and Thriveworks Counseling. While my career has led me all over, I am delighted it’s brought me here to work with you!
When we speak on the phone, we want to take the time to answer any questions you have about therapy with us. During our initial chat, we will go over policies and fees for the type and length of the sessions that fit you best.
We want you to make the most informed decision about your therapy journey.
We invest our time, money, and energy into so many things each week: salon visits, gym memberships, personal training, dining out, and new stuff. Most people invest on visible and tangible things but neglect essentials they (and others) can’t see.
Ask yourself – are you doing everything you should be for your mental health?