My name is Ally, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate under the supervision of Dr. Becky Davenport, Ph.D., LMFT-S. I received my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a Bachelor’s in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and have been gaining diverse experience in family services and therapy for 8+ years. My clinical experience has been comprised of an outpatient mental health agency on the outskirts of Baltimore, MD, providing therapy to children and adults, couples and families, varying in age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, socioeconomic status, and religious affiliation. I acquired unique therapy experience working with trauma, blended families, immigration, personality disorders, military couples, as well as anxiety, depression, and adjustment. I’ve also worked for the U.S. Air Force, garnering experience in Military and Family Readiness programs, including Relocation and Personal Work Life, and specializing in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). As a EFMP Family Support Specialist, my primary responsibility was to assess needs and coordinate care for active duty families with physical, developmental, or mental health needs.
As a military spouse, who has journeyed throughout the U.S. and overseas, I’ve had many valuable opportunities to expand the breadth of my training, both personally and professionally experience the inside of military systems, and navigate the challenges and rewards that characterize the military life cycle. I understand the decision to come to therapy is one of vulnerability and trust, and my aim as a therapist is to handle that decision with the utmost care, and diligently work to ensure you are honored in the therapeutic process. I approach the therapy conversation from a Narrative theoretical framework, de-centering the “truth” that one’s actions are an essence of identity, and rather expanding the lens to see that they are embedded in a myriad of contextual factors, such as values, beliefs, goals, and hopes. Together we will reframe from problem-saturated to strengths-centered, replacing what was previously thought to be chronic and shameful, with a renewed sense of agency and creativity! In addition to Narrative Therapy, I utilize tools from a number of other systemic therapies, including Solution-Focused, Experiential, Attachment, and Emotionally Focused Therapies, as well as the Gottman Method. At your request, I am also comfortable incorporating faith into the therapeutic process. My “joys” in life: leisurely dinners with friends old & new, my husband of 8 years, documenting 1 beautiful second of each day, espresso & tiramisu, decorating outdoor spaces, evening walks.