Allison has been involved in the field of addictions since 1979. She is a licensed and certified chemical dependency therapist, as well as a Certified Clinical Interventionist. Allison is trained in DBT and DBT-S, CBT, mindfulness, and has long studied various spiritual philosophies. She has also received training in gambling and other behavioral addictions. Allison often focuses on trauma first as she begin to assess a client’s needs. After receiving her Master of Art degree in Addiction and Psychotherapy at the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota, Allison was employed as an inpatient clinician at the Hazelden Center. She has since worked with adults, families, and children in inpatient and outpatient settings. For many years Allison has worked with law-involved clients in Montana and Wyoming, and has experience working with the Montana Juvenile Justice System. Allison believes that quality substance abuse and behavioral treatment should be available for everyone, including the underserved and underrepresented, minorities, and the LGBTQ community. She recognizes the essential and basic need for economic and justice reform, and seeks ways to build affordable, holistic, meaningful, and respectful community care. Allison earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Art (New York City) and California College of Arts and Crafts, and studied commercial photography at Laney College (Oakland, CA), and worked as a newspaper and sports photographer. Allison is excited to join the Dancing Lotus Center and its comprehensive, evidence based applications of various treatment modalities, all offered in a welcoming, peaceful, and client-centered environment. She is pleased to work with providers who promote and engage in joy and happiness at work and in their daily lives.