Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Runkel.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in Northern California with three brothers and began dancing at a young age. High school dance became more competitive and quickly became an outlet for everything I was going through personally. I eventually majored in dance at UCLA. The work ethic, the connection to body, the emotional expression, and the community were things that ultimately led me to consider how the mind/body connection served me and others. I took an elective called Dance Therapy where we used dance to treat veterans suffering from PTSD. The beauty and pain I saw emerge within these men was extremely powerful and I immediately decided to double major in Psychology to pursue a career in therapy. I had been in and out of therapy myself, so I knew what it was like to be transformed through a therapeutic relationship.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Becoming a licensed therapist is a long and grueling road. Most programs are expensive and trainees don’t get paid much for the work we do for the 3-6 years it takes to accrue the 3,000 hours required to sit for the licensure exam. Not being compensated while working and sitting with trauma, pain, addiction, relational issues, and depression can be quite draining, not to mention the in-depth work you are constantly doing on yourself! I would not trade that road for anything because I truly love every minute of getting to sit with my clients. What it ultimately taught me was to have self-compassion and to be gentle with myself.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I started my career working in schools to specialize in children and parenting. I loved working with young kids and I think it has helped me immensely as I work with any and all ages now. Every one of us still relates to our inner child, and the way we were experiencing the world as a child directly impacts the way we experience the world as an adult. My in-depth experience with kids has led me to work with adults who may have had turbulent childhoods who continue to see dysfunctional patterns in relationship to self or in relationship to others. I use inner child work to guide my clients to their highest self to find a rewiring that is more healthy, regulated, and more in tune with their needs, desires, and intuition. I hope to provide relief to all of my clients as we all have the power within us to find what we need to heal and put ourselves back together. While I do work from a place of hope and inspiration, I am not afraid to be with pain. I have gone through my own healing process and I am gifted at providing a safe and warm space for the wide range of feelings to be felt and processed.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I use an integrative and psychodynamic approach that facilitates healing and growth with an emphasis on the felt sense of the body; an awareness of the patterns of the mind; and support in experiencing the fullness of your emotions in a safe container. The one thing that matters most to me is that my clients feel understood, heard and ultimately learn that they are their own best healers. The work must be done within themselves, I am only there to facilitate the safe space for them to finally be able to turn inward.
- 50 min session is $175
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.AllieRunkel.com
- Instagram: @allierunkel_therapy