Allison Ray is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) specializing in individual therapy with teens and adults. Originally from Fayetteville, NY, Allison earned her B.S. in American Studies from Cornell University (1998) and her M.S. in Counselor Education from Syracuse University (2002). Upon receiving her Masters, Allison worked as a school counselor for middle and high school students in Cazenovia, NY, and remained involved at Syracuse University as an Adjunct Instructor for the Higher Education Opportunities Program. She also pursued additional education, experience and training in counseling theory, practice, and clinical supervision at Syracuse University.
Expanding her skill set even further, Allison spent 8 years providing adventure-based counseling and program direction at the Orenda Springs Experiential Learning Center in Marcellus, NY, where she had the opportunity to offer therapeutic and educational programming to a wide range of individuals and groups of all ages. She utilized creative, experiential techniques to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of self and others, and inspire people to strive to recognize and meet their innate potential to overcome challenges.
In early 2020, Allison began working with children and families with complex emotional and behavioral needs as a Day Treatment Therapist for adolescents in Racker’s Counseling for School Success program in Cortland. This intensive school-based clinical role involved providing individual and group counseling, clinical assessments, case management, family therapy and support, crisis intervention, and psychiatric medication management support.
Seeking to provide therapy in a private practice setting, Allison joined CNYMHC in 2022. Her diversity of experiences in the mental health field over the last 20 years has contributed to her appreciation for the many aspects of and paths to wellness that we can explore. To this end, Allison uses an integrative counseling approach, thoughtfully and intentionally drawing on a wide variety of theoretical orientations and clinical interventions that are customized to meet each client’s needs and intended to help a client gain insight and effect change in their own life. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Allison incorporates creative counseling techniques including art, music, nature, and mindfulness practices. Her strengths-based approach identifies and builds upon a client’s existing inner resources and develops new skills that support health and wellness. Foundational to this work is a strong therapeutic relationship. Allison believes that it is in this therapeutic connection that we find the safety and courage to know ourselves better, connect to others and our world more authentically, and effectively manage challenges we all inevitably face.
Allison’s treatment areas of interest and expertise include: anger management, anxiety, coping skills, depression, grief and loss, identity exploration, relationship issues, school/college issues, self-esteem, stress management, trauma and PTSD. She welcomes individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and relationship configurations, and gender identities.
Making the decision to participate in counseling takes courage and vulnerability and is a profound act of self-care that can positively impact you and those around you in many ways. With deep appreciation for this, Allison provides a safe and compassionate space to support you in achieving the growth you are seeking. You are invited to contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more and see if this might be a positive step on your personal journey.