Allison Armstrong, Student Intern for Counseling MA
Allison Armstrong is attentive to her community, twice changing the course of her career to meet unmet needs. First, she saw the benefits of feline-specific veterinary care, and she opened her own practice to offer cats (and their people) the best possible experience. Second, during the pandemic, she noticed a lack of available counselors, and she went back to school to earn her Master’s degree to minister not only to beloved pets, but also to her human neighbors.
While still a practicing veterinarian, Allison is completing her internship hours, working toward both a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Liberty University and her license in mental health counseling. In addition to her education, Allison’s life has prepared her for the role of counseling others.
A mother of three, including a son who is serving in the Navy overseas and a child with Down’s Syndrome, she and her husband of 32 years have personally experienced the challenges and victories of military parenthood, disabilities, and the always-interesting teenage years. As a veterinarian, she is also well acquainted with the rigors of healthcare careers and the grief associated with loss, including family pets.
She serves all clients from early adolescence to adulthood, with an emphasis in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She is also certified in SYMBIS (a premarital and couples therapy framework), Focus (an Integrated Learning System for long covid, traumatic brain injuries, and persons of all ages with developmental disabilities), and holds a Safe and Sound certification.
Allison is a Christian who is comfortable incorporating spirituality to the degree that her clients desire it, and she is still a practicing veterinarian. Because of her busy lifestyle, she, like many clients, is open on evenings and weekends to work with you or your family toward wholeness and mental well-being.