Staff Therapist Q&A: Allison Bozovsky, LMFT
Pinnacle Counseling enjoys providing our different therapists with the opportunity to introduce themselves, highlighting their unique clinical and personal interests.
What led you to become an MFT?
I always knew I wanted to be part of a people helping profession, yet I was unsure what that was going to look like career-wise upon finishing my undergraduate degrees. After graduating, I indulged myself in life experiences and exploring my different options. By doing this, I learned I wanted to be a therapist, and how I look at problems in a group or relational context instead of just working with an individual. Also, I was highly interested in romantic partnerships, which landed me to be dawn to becoming a couple and family therapist.
What do you like to do for fun and/or relaxation outside of work?
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and two cats. I love being active and outside soaking up the sunshine. Being born and raised in the mid-west, half of the year I cannot be outside due to cold and snow, so I then enjoy reading, writing, watching TV and movies, knitting, and cooking.
What advice do you have for clients who may be nervous or apprehensive to begin therapy?
I completely understand how difficult it can be to ask for help. Feeling nervous or apprehensive about starting therapy is absolutely normal when starting anything new and different in our lives. We all come from diverse backgrounds and unique life experiences, and we don’t know how a stranger is going interpret or aid in facilitating us becoming less stuck in our lives.
My best advice is it’s about the relationship with the therapist and being willing to work with them. You do not have to trust the therapist right off the bat, but if you are willing to work with them in hopes they will be helpful is an excellent first step. The relationship can start before you even set up the first appointment by reading their biography and asking them some questions you have about services to see if they may be a good fit for you or this relationship building can start in the first session.
What are a few of the books/resources you often recommend to clients?
There are so many great books out there to discover or enhance our daily lives. Here are a few topics and books I suggest on these topics.
The 5 Love Languages by: Gary Chapman
The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work by: John M. Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver
After the Affair by: Janis Abrahmas Spring, PhD
The Good Divorce by: Constance Ahrons, PhD
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by: Thomas W. Phelan, PhD
I Just Want My Kids To Be Happy!: Why you shouldn’t say it by: Aaron Cooper, PhD & Eric Keitel, M.Ed
Quarterlife Crisis: The unique challenges of life in your twenties by: Alexandra Robbins & Abby Wilner
The Transgender Child or The Transgender Teenager: A handbook for families and professionals by: Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
Allison sees clients in the Andersonville office. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact today!