Holiday Survival Tips: Part 1

With the Holiday season in full swing, it’s more than likely that you’re going to find yourself at a family gathering or social event with the expectation that you will have to, well, socialize. For most, these gatherings are full of wonderful and warm interactions with loved ones and are part of what makes the […]

How to Find the Right Therapist

Let’s acknowledge something – finding the right therapist isn’t fun or easy. After all, you’re trying to find someone that you can be comfortable enough with to share things that maybe you’ve never told another person. And just like therapy itself, this may not be the quickest process, but I promise it will be worth […]

Virtual or In-Person Therapy: Which is Right for Me?

It’s pretty easy to see that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of so many. With our mental health taking a hit, a lot of people have asked themselves what they could do to improve how they feel or how to get rid of their anxiety or depression. Often, this leads […]

Should I Use My Insurance for Therapy?

When starting to search for your therapist, there are a lot of factors to consider. One of the more common questions I’ve encountered, and one you’re likely wondering yourself – “should I use my insurance for therapy?” Although Ally Psychological Services doesn’t accept insurance, we can help you figure out your benefits and ensure you […]

Navigating the Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) Process

Back view of elementary students raising their hands on a class.

What is an IEE? An IEE or Independent Educational Evaluation is an evaluation of educational strengths and needs completed by a licensed psychologist outside of the school district. An IEE typically contains intelligence and academic assessments, records reviews, social-emotional and behavioral rating scales from the parents and teachers, interviews, and school observations which provide information […]

The Importance of Listening to Our Inner Child

Let’s use our imagination for a moment. Picture yourself interacting with someone close to you during a stressful situation. It could be a partner, friend or family member. This particular situation requires collaboration. Perhaps you are trying to figure out which terminal your connecting flight leaves from or trying to interpret overly complicated instructions to […]

Summer Awaits! How to use the summer to help your kids return to normal.

Summer is so close I can taste it, and it tastes like ice cream. This year has literally been one for the history books. Now that the numbers of COVID-19 cases are reducing, families are awaking from their COVID hibernations. Several parents have expressed to me all of the concerns they have about what their […]

The Psychological Toll of Miscarriage

On Mother’s Day, here’s to the mothers who have lost or struggled with getting pregnant.   You are not alone.   I just about popped out of my mother’s womb wearing mom-jeans. In fact, one of my first memories I have was me playing dolls in my basement; I remember my aunt came downstairs and […]