Master of Arts in Art Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor Connecticut
Licensed Professional Counselor Virginia
Board Certified Registered Art Therapist
Clinical Licensed Art Therapist
Owner Allison Tardif Counseling Services, LLC
Owner Sanctuary One-Eleven, LLC
Wellness is lifestyle commitment.
Achieving individual optimal functioning requires prioritizing, actively engaging, and sustaining a gentle combination of mental, physical, nutritional, and spiritual fitness. This framework is adaptable and different for each person. There is no single, easy,"diet","insta" solution to achieve and sustain wellness.
It requires consistent and equal parts of discipline and self compassion.
Art Therapy and Counseling manifested as a second career. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. I moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked for Exposure NY in Manhattan as a Producer and Digital Imaging Specialist. During this time, I volunteered with Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. It was here, that I discovered art therapy. The experience was transformative. I left New York City to pursue a master's degree combining art and psychology. My clinical experience includes inpatient adolescent and adult psychiatric treatment including work with: PTSD, severe depression, suicidality and self harm, dual diagnosis, panic and dissociative disorders, eating disorders, adolescent and adult inpatient eating disorder treatment, outpatient mental health clinics serving children, adolescents, adults, and families, community outreach, community wellness programming, and preventive programming for middle school and high school students. I currently work at my private practice serving Texas, Virginia, and Connecticut, as well as Sanctuary One-Eleven, a nonclinical, creative wellness community empowering individuals to connect and engage with others and their community. Programs are currently in development for adolescents, adults, and military service members and their families, as well as creative wellness mobile inservice programing for healthcare organizations and schools.
Licensed Professional Counselor Texas (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Connecticut (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Virginia (LPC)
Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Clinical Licensed Art Therapist (CLAT)
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
Albertus Magnus College
New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
Savannah College of Art and Design
Burren College of Art
I regularly engage in continuing education. Recent topics include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems, Somatic Trauma Informed Techniques, Lethal Means Counseling to Reduce Military and Veteran Suicide, Eating Disorders in Military Populations, Working with Military Families, Treating Postpartum Depression, Trauma and the Moving Body, Expressive Arts Therapy as Somatically Based Interventions with Trauma, Working with Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Suicidality, Understanding Human Trafficking and Exploitation, Psychedelic Psychotherapy Interventions, The Collective Trauma of War, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Techniques for Trauma, Polyvagal-Informed Therapy: Harnessing Neuroception of Safety in Clinical Treatment, Coming to Your Senses: Recovering from Trauma by Learning to Safely Inhabit Your Body, Suicide Assessment, Concussion and TBI in Military and Veteran Populations: A Toolbox of Interventions to Improve Cognitive Functioning and Quality of Life, Art Therapy Trauma, Pain and Resiliency Drawing Protocols, Trauma-Informed Culturally Responsive Expressive Arts Therapy, and others.
It is highly likely you will find me: outdoors, engaging in some kind of movement, fitness and weightlifting, painting, experimenting with resin (yes i wear a gas mask and no I don't do this in the office), photography from flowers to supercars, nutrition, laughter as medicine, meeting new people, hiking, reading, writing, meditation, currently in search of a canine fitness partner and co-therapist.