Dr. Alison Gurley

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alison Gurley

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Professions: Life Coach, Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist


101 6th Avenue
Floor 8
New York City, New York 10013

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My Approach to Helping

So often depression, anxiety, and trauma can keep us from engaging in the aspects of our lives that give us the most fulfillment. I work with individuals to help them align their lives with their values and to not be consumed by unhelpful thoughts and emotions. I have experience working with diverse clients seeking relief from a wide range of presentations including anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, insomnia, and chronic illness. I have extensive experience working with LGBTQ, gender diverse individuals, and young adults, ages 17 to 35yo.

More Info About My Practice

I work with individuals to help them focus on aligning their lives with their values. So often depression, anxiety, and trauma can keep us from engaging in the aspect of our lives that give us the most fulfillment. I help individuals to not be consumed by unhelpful thoughts and emotions and move towards their own goals. My practice is rooted in all evidence-based treatments, such as CBT and ACT, however above all, I work collaboratively with my clients to tailor a plan that will best fit their life.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

To me, therapy is an opportunity to meet with someone who has extensive training in understanding human emotions and behavior to work toward the things that are most important in your life. Therapy is a collaborative relationship that should feel safe, supportive, warm and respectful. It should be an opportunity to set aside intentional time focused on bringing your life in alignment with your values with the help of someone who cares and has specific strategies to share.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Therapy can be intimidating for those who haven't been before. First sessions often involve learning a bit about me and how I practice, hearing about what brings you in and what you're hoping for, and planning for the future of our work together. I always tell new clients that the first session is full of questions, and you always have the right not to answer. Future sessions are much more of a conversation. I think therapy can be helpful for anyone who would like to improve their relationships, manage overwhelming feelings, change their behavior, move towards particular goals, or deepen their self-awareness or purpose in life. Most of the time therapy starts with a phone call to arrange an appointment, and sometimes this is the hardest part!

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Dr. Gurley, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, sexual trauma, chronic illness, and issues related to identity. Although she treats clients of all ages, much of her success has come from treating young adults from 17 to 3 years old as they transition into their ideal version of self. Dr. Gurley is also passionate about working in the LGBTQ community, and provided training on these topics at a local and national level.
    Dr. Gurley uses an approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindful Self-Compassion to tailor plans for each client.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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