Allie Vaknin graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling, and she currently serves as a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida.
Allie’s graduate education and clinical training program was embedded with the values of self-awareness, self-reflection, and multiculturalism, and these values have shaped her counseling approach into one that employs an intersectional lens and a focus on empowerment, accompanied by an ongoing practice of self-reflection.
Her professional experiences have focused on youth, adolescents, and young adults, with clinical issues that have included behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, and low self-esteem.
CLIENT AGE RANGE
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Adults & Elders (20+)
Columbia University, M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in Psychological Counseling.
Early on in my life, I became aware of my own mortality, and it sparked a drive and profound commitment within me to learn, grow, and help others as much as I can. I eventually became fascinated with how others created meaning and interpreted the world through their own lenses. I naturally developed active listening skills, powered by a genuine interest in understanding people’s inner worlds. My own personal experiences had also shown me how powerfully healing and expansive it can feel to be provided a space to express one’s self, authentically, without being judged, and to feel heard, seen, and supported in that space. I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to leaving this world a better place than when I came into it, and I eventually realized that counseling would be my medium.
As a counselor, I utilize an eclectic approach, which blends a focus on developing self-insight and implementing practical skills. I’m huge on education, which I believe is fundamentally a form of empowerment, so I infuse opportunities for clients to learn about psychological concepts that can aid in understanding their own experience. My approach draws from psychodynamics, CBT/REBT, as well as positive psychology, and I’m passionate about incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion techniques. Overall, my style of counseling can be described as supportive, empowering, and insightful. At the end of the day, everyone is different, so I try my best to conscientiously adapt my approach and style to each individual.
I’m here to meet you where you’re at, support you, and provide a space where you can feel understood, process, learn, and grow.