I invite clients to set two goals: one for the short term and one for the long term.
Allison Zweig's style💙 Warm 👂 Listener 🎨 Creative 🐣 Out of the box
Why Allison Zweig chose to be in the helping profession
The reason behind my choice to pursue a career in the helping profession is deeply rooted in my academic background and personal experiences. During my time in college, I dedicated my studies to anthropology, which proved to be a fascinating field as it allowed me to delve into diverse cultural elements and listen to the narratives of individuals from various walks of life. However, I realized that anthropology, in its essence, was a passive profession, and I yearned for a more hands-on and engaging role.
It was then that I discovered the field of social work, which provided me with the perfect platform to not only explore people's stories but also actively assist them in identifying the patterns and connections within their own lives. This profession seemed like a natural extension of my anthropology background, as it allowed me to apply my knowledge and skills in a practical and meaningful manner.
For a decade, while my children were in their formative years, I had the privilege of teaching elementary school. This experience further reinforced my passion for helping others, as I witnessed the positive impact I could have on young lives by providing guidance, support, and education. It was incredibly fulfilling to witness the growth and development of my students and to be a part of their journey.
By embracing the helping profession, I am able to merge my love for understanding diverse cultures, my desire to actively engage with individuals and my dedication to making a difference in people's lives. It is an immensely rewarding path that allows me to utilize my skills, experiences, and compassion to empower and uplift those who may be facing challenges or seeking guidance.
Allison Zweig's approach
In therapy, my approach revolves around the importance of your unique story and experiences. I genuinely value your narrative and believe it holds the key to understanding the patterns and relationships that shape your life. From the very beginning of our sessions, my focus is on actively listening to your story, starting wherever you feel is important.
Together, we will embark on a collaborative journey of exploration, aiming to uncover the patterns and relationships that exist within your life. By gaining insight into these patterns, we can better comprehend how they have influenced our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This understanding will serve as a foundation to help you create a life that aligns with the goals you have set for yourself in therapy.
In addition to traditional therapeutic techniques, I also incorporate creative expression as a valuable tool. This involves utilizing various forms of art, writing, or other expressive modalities to help you gain deeper insight into the patterns and relationships that exist in your life. Through creative expression, we can tap into our subconscious, access emotions, and gain new perspectives that may not be easily accessible through conventional means.
My approach is centered around your story, and your goals, and utilizing both traditional and creative methods to support your growth and well-being in therapy. Together, we will navigate your unique journey, uncover hidden connections, and work towards building a more fulfilling and aligned life.
What you can expect from sessions with Allison Zweig
During our sessions, you can expect a supportive and client-centered approach that prioritizes the elements of your story that you consider important. I am here to meet you wherever you are on your journey, providing a safe space for exploration and healing. Together, we will work on harnessing the energy needed to facilitate your personal growth and well-being.
At the conclusion of each session, I invite clients to set two goals: one in the short term and one in the long term. These goals serve as a means to hold yourself accountable and to keep you engaged in the therapeutic process. By setting these goals, you are empowered to take an active role in your own progress, ensuring that you are continually moving towards the outcomes you desire.
Throughout our time together, I will actively listen, offer guidance, and provide support as we navigate your unique path. I am committed to creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship where your needs, goals, and aspirations are respected and valued. Together, we will work towards cultivating positive change, enhancing self-awareness, and fostering personal empowerment.
As a therapist, my role is to assist and guide you, but the responsibility for your own healing and growth ultimately lies with you. Our sessions will provide the framework and tools, but it is your active participation and dedication that will make the difference in your journey.
Allison Zweig's experience working with the Jewish community
Throughout my career as a social worker, I have had some experience working directly with members of the Jewish community, Maryland being home to an active and dispersed Jewish population. As someone who personally identifies as Jewish, my own cultural identity holds significance to me. However, it is essential for me to acknowledge and honor the cultural identity that you bring to our therapeutic relationship.
While my background and understanding of Jewish culture may provide me with some insights, it is crucial to recognize that cultural experiences and perspectives vary greatly among individuals. Each person's identity within the Jewish community is unique, influenced by factors such as heritage, religious beliefs, traditions, and personal experiences. I am committed to respecting and valuing the cultural identity you bring to our therapeutic process.
In our sessions, I aim to create an inclusive and non-judgmental space where your individuality is celebrated and your cultural background is acknowledged. I encourage open and honest communication, allowing you to share your experiences, values, and beliefs as they relate to your Jewish identity or any other aspect of your life.
Furthermore, I am committed to ongoing learning and understanding, recognizing the importance of staying informed about diverse cultural practices and sensitivities. If there are specific cultural considerations or needs related to your Jewish identity that you would like to address in therapy, I am open to discussions and collaborative exploration to ensure your experiences are respectfully integrated into our work together.
My intention is always to create a therapeutic environment that values and respects your cultural identity while providing the support and guidance needed to address your unique concerns and goals.
People I work withAdults Individuals Groups
Personal religious affiliationsReform
25 years in practice
Licensed to work in Maryland, Virginia
- LCSW-C. License number 10078
- MSW by Catholic University
- Early Childhood and Elementary Education by State of Maryland 2011
- Perinatal Mental Health Certification by Postpartum Support International 2023
- Reproductive Psychology by Julie Bindeman 2023