Alison Zdarsky


My Approach

Alison has developed multiple approaches in working with youth and families that facilitate the best treatment outcomes. She tailors her approach on an individual basis and is skilled in person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. When working with your child, she will also ask you as the parent to be involved in treatment. She has found that building support around the child leads to ultimate resilience and healing. In her practice, she also incorporates the child developmental model which accounts for the biological, psychological in addition to the emotional aspects of the growing child.

Alison is a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and has additional certifications in Trauma and Resilience, Life Coaching, Infant Toddler Mental Health and Specialization in Online Education.

Ages Treated | Toddlers, Children, Preteens, Teens, Adults

About Alison Zdarsky

My Experience

Alison received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago and her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Southwest. She currently studies at National Louis University through their Educational Specialist School of the Psychology degree program. Most of her experience comprises treating youth in the school, foster care, hospital, and juvenile justice systems in addition to the natural home and other community settings. Additionally, she has experience in providing individual, play, group, and family therapy, which has produced favorable outcomes for youth and families. Her passion for helping youth and families build lasting results is evident in her previous work and continued educational path. She looks forward to the opportunity to guide you and your child towards a brighter tomorrow.


Loyola University of Chicago, B.A.
The University of the Southwest, M.S.
Mental Health and School Counseling
National Louis University - CURRENT STUDENT in the Educational Specialist School Psychology program (estimated graduation would be June 2024)

Languages Spoken




Treatment Modalities

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Eclectic Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy (SFBT)
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

If you’re ready to take the next step, make an appointment now.