Allison Schechter

PsyD

Allison Schechter
815-793-3787

Allison Schechter

PsyD

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - 0810006044
Secondary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - 071008037
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: My session fees are $160 per therapy hour (53-55 minutes). I am currently an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield Anthem PPO and Blue Cross Blue Shield Care First PPO insurance plan. For all other insurance carriers, I am considered to be an out-of-network provider and I can provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance plan for out-of-network coverage specific to your plan. Please do not let the cost of therapy stop you from seeking services. If you are unable to afford my typical session fee, I can work with you to slide my fee down to a more manageable rate.
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Offices

44075 Pipeline Plaza
Suite 300
Ashburn, Virginia 20147

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My Approach to Helping

When people experience difficulty in their lives they sometimes don't know where to turn. My approach to therapy is to welcome you into a comfortable and safe environment that will allow you to share your concerns and thoughts without feeling judged or dismissed. I find fulfillment in growing a trusting and collaborative relationship with my clients that enables them to feel heard, validated, and listened to. Once you have a better understanding of yourself and the relationships around you, this is when real change can occur. I specialize in individuals and couples who experience struggles with depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, transition and adjustment difficulties, communication and relationship struggles, and various women's issues. Sometimes it is not enough to find support from friends or family. With the help of a trained therapist, you can learn to understand and manage your thoughts and emotions more effectively, develop effective coping skills, and live a more personally fulfilling future. Taking the time and having the space to process our thoughts and focus on ourselves is essential to self-growth and healing. The process of therapy allows people to better understand their thoughts, emotions, and behavior, gain insight and self-awareness, and learn how to make genuine and long-lasting changes in their lives.

More Info About My Practice

I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007 and I have been licensed as a Psychologist since 2008. I have extensive experience in working with men, women, couples, and families as they navigate through various life stages and challenges. My style is considered to be straightforward, supportive, compassionate, and oftentimes filled with humor (sometimes we all just need to laugh). I offer weekend and weekday appointments to better allow flexibility with daytime work schedules.

I offer a free 30-minute consultation (either via phone or in-office) so we can have a chance to talk and you can ask me any questions you may have before we begin sessions.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Depression and Anxiety: Most people feel sad, down, or worried from time to time. However, when this sadness or worry begins to negatively impact your overall daily mood, lead to difficulties in your day-to-day functioning, or negatively impact your job or relationships with others, you may be experiencing depression or anxiety. We will work together to identify problematic areas and negative thoughts, identify behavioral patterns or recurrent themes in your life, and then discover different thinking, choices, and tools you can use to make genuine changes.

Perinatal and Postpartum Depression: While pregnancy and motherhood is an amazing journey, women are sometimes made to feel guilty or at fault if they are experiencing sadness, tearfulness, or feeling overwhelmed. The reality is that being pregnant and being a mom to a newborn can feel isolating, overwhelming, and can be quite stressful. I have helped new moms more effectively work through and better manage their emotions, develop effective coping strategies, and successfully manage their stress and feelings both during pregnancy and following.

Relationships: Engaging in relationships with others can be amongst life's greatest joys or difficulties. Improving our relationships with those around us involves dedication, honesty, and commitment to change. I have helped many couples improve their communication, develop a greater understanding of one another, and resolve difficult issues.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with adults (both individually and couples), and I have a particular interest in working with women\\\\'s issues (postpartum, parenting, worklife balance, career struggles, relationship concerns).

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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