Allison Lara

Director of Counseling Services

Allison Lara (she/her/hers) is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She received her M.A./Ed.S. in marriage and family therapy from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She is passionate about working with multicultural populations as she is a Latinx, first-generation American and bilingual in Spanish. She works from a social justice framework, focusing on increasing access to and understanding of mental health services among Black, indigenous, and people of color. Her clinical areas of expertise include identity development, complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. She uses a systemic and strength-based therapeutic lens by utilizing interventions from therapy modalities such as dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, structural family therapy, solution-focused interventions, and internal family systems.

In her spare time, she enjoys being creative, making art, bead weaving, and going to art museums. She received a post-graduate certificate in fine art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and is interested in using creative art modalities as a communication tool and the integration of art in counseling.