Alison Ritchie, LPC, LMFT

Karyn O'Leary

Alison Ritchie

aritchie@gilinstitute.com

Alison is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and in Washington, D.C. Alison holds a Marriage and Family Therapist license in California. Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. Alison has received specialized training in the use of expressive arts therapy interventions, which include art, music, dance/movement, drama, and poetry therapies, and incorporates these into her therapeutic work with children and families.

Alison has worked for nearly eight years in community mental health settings providing individual, group and family therapy, mostly with children and families. Alison gained significant trauma-focused clinical experience working in a variety of settings to include community mental health agencies and schools as a therapist, case manager and supervisor in both Washington, D.C. and northern California. Alison has worked with children ages 1-18, as well as young adults, adults and families, including children and families in the foster care system. Alison has experience working with a variety of social, emotional and academic challenges, including multi-systemic trauma; familial trauma; physical, sexual and emotional abuse; attachment anxiety; adoption issues; anger management; depression; anxiety; behavioral difficulties; self-harming behaviors (substance abuse, cutting, etc.); and grief and loss.