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Meet Allison Cohen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Cohen.

Allison, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have memories from as early as ten years old, lying in bed, imagining what types of clients I would work with because I always knew that I would become a psychotherapist. I had no real understanding of the job except to say that I knew I would be helping people work out their struggles.

In college, I majored in Sociology and worked as a peer counselor. Upon graduation, I went straight to graduate school. I felt that I needed a break but there were limited professional options with a BA in Sociology, so I immediately enrolled. The first day of grad school, everything seemed wrong. I knew that it wasn’t my time. I came home and promptly told my parents that I was quitting…temporarily. I needed to get into the job market, make money and start supporting myself, until I was truly ready to return. Needless to say, my parents were shocked but ultimately supportive.

I quickly looked for job opportunities and ended up working in Public Relations for two years. It was always a stop gap, but ultimately, a critical one. At the two-year mark, my internal timer dinged, which lead me to begin my studies at Pepperdine; I flew straight through the program, completed my 3000 intern hours while establishing my first private practice in Tarzana and passed both licensing exams on the first try.  After gaining my license, I opened my second private practice in Beverly Hills.

Over 15 years in practice, pursuing my passion and I’ve never second guessed my path or bump along the way, because my instincts have always lit my path.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Grad school helps shape you as a therapist but it provides no information or guidance as to how to build a business.

Every inch along the way and every personal success has been derived by trial, error and research. Establishing myself in the community took a lot of fortitude and patience. Everything I know about advertising, networking and social media has been self-taught.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I work with couples, individuals and families ages 18 and up.

I specialize in the treatment of “Life Issues.” This is the term that I came up with to encompass the struggles that we all face at some point or another in our lives.

Whether it’s problematic romantic, familial or friendship relationships, low self-esteem, poor communication skills, anxiety, depression or confusion over life transitions, we can all relate to and benefit from counsel on these struggles.

I’m known for being very proactive with my clients. At my core, I’m supportive and patient but I also feel that clients need more than just a listening ear; they want remediation of their pain. I tell clients exactly what I see happening and how to address and resolve those issues. Every therapist has a different style but I’m proud to say that I offer real tools to address client’s real-life problems and that seems to be something that many of my clients never received when seeing therapists in the past.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve been lucky so far as to say that I have wonderful, supportive family and friends that care about me and the growth of my business but in terms of the actual success of my career, it’s come as the result of hard work.

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