Allison Sturges, LMFTA
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Beginning the therapeutic process is a step towards creating change in yourself, your partnership, or your family. While we work towards change, therapy can help us by being the catalyst by which we develop, learn, process, and accept. Ultimately, therapy can be a way in which to find solutions to problems and reach goals.
As a therapist, I incorporate a variety of modalities into my work, including Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and the Gottman Method. With this said, however, I find that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of our work together. It is my hope that you, your partnership, your child, or your family, feel safe and comfortable speaking with me, and that openness is fostered in our therapy together.
I think it is important in this line of work to highlight that each individual’s differences shape their lived reality, and to respect these stories. Not only do our lived experiences impact us, but our gender expression, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and age (to name just a few) influence who we are, the challenges we face, how society regards us, and how we regard society. I believe that this means that therapy will look different for each of us, and I will encourage you to tell me what works for you.
As a person outside of work, I have many joys. My hobbies include skiing, swimming in the river, refurbishing furniture, playing Magic the Gathering, and spending time with my partner, pets, friends and family.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Sex therapy
- Relationship issues
- Family of origin issues
- Life transition issues
Q&A with Allison
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I believe that your hour of therapy is your time. If your goals are to work through deeper issues, then I am happy to encourage this exploration and processing. However, sometimes life throws us curveballs, and we need to talk about the week you just had. We can work together to find out what works best for you in conjunction with the goals that you have outlined in therapy.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I try to find a balance between following your lead and leading the session. For individual sessions I will mostly follow your lead, however I will sometimes nudge you in certain directions, so that I might have a better understanding of what is going on. In certain cases, more direction may be needed in order to accomplish predetermined goals, and I will continually assess when this is necessary.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
My strengths as a therapist are openness, respect, curiosity and accountability of power. It is my goal to make you feel heard in therapy, and to help you reach your goals – or at least take steps towards them. I will remain respectful of your lived experience, and utilize curiosity to explore and understand your life and what has impacted it. I also strive to remain accountable to my power as a therapist/medical professional/confidant, and as a cisgender white women. My role, gender identity, and race afford me certain privileges, and I believe that giving name to these imbalances creates a safe therapy space where no topic is off limits.
My professional and academic backgrounds have also equipped me with certain strengths for working with both adults and children. When working with adults, I specialize in working with romantic and sexual relationships, and with those who identify as LGBTQ+. I strive to offer an inclusive, open and safe environment for my clients. Adults will find that I take a straightforward approach, and that I enjoy incorporating humor into therapy. I also work with children. I spent many years working with children with a range of social and physical disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and hearing impairment. I approach children and teens with respect and playfulness, and I want therapy to be safe and fun for them.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I had any superpower I would like to be able to turn into any animal at any time. Being an animal would allow you to go places you would never be allowed to go to otherwise, which could be pretty cool.
5.) What makes you laugh?
Oftentimes I am laughing at myself – simply because I think I am hilarious, even if I’m not. Other than that, I laugh at: my animals, dark humor, being silly and playful, toddlers, standup comedians and a range in quality of comedic television shows.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I would like to share a meal with Donald Glover. I really enjoy Donald Glover as both a comedian and a musician, and I think having dinner with him would be funny and interesting.