Alison Cross: NC & GA Counselor
Hi I’m Alison Cross! I am a psychotherapist with Riley Wellness Group, and I provide both in-person and virtual counseling, coaching and groups in Georgia and North Carolina. It’s important to have an idea of what feels like the right fit when you’re looking for a qualified person to talk to. The problem is, how do you know?
When my client leaves our session, my goal is for them to feel heard and respected. I want my clients to feel like they’re talking to a real person. How else can trust be built?
I view therapy as a safety net for the clients I see with the various issues they bring. I will collaborate with you from the very first session on goals for your time. Some people I work with prefer to set the agenda for our time together, with just a few interjections from me. Others prefer to hear questions and suggestions that I may have. I am comfortable with either because my goal is to develop a positive therapeutic relationship with you. When that happens, hope is tangible and the spirit opens to new life and new beginnings.
I work with both men and women, as well as adolescents and kids as young as 8. We discuss life transition issues, relationships with others, depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. I tend to come from a psycho-dynamic and relational perspective, along with family systems and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Humor also tends to show up. I’m also a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS), and a supervisor for Associate Licensed Professional counselors, as well as a CEDS Supervisor.
I’ve worked with all levels of care with a focus on eating disorder recovery, in places like Dine Monte Nido, Center for Discovery, and Walden (formerly the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders). Being in this field for over 20 years, outpatient work is my specialty and passion. This excitement translated to my book, “The Body, Beauty, and Bravery Project: A Five Week Study of What’s Really True About Your Body.” This is an interactive study with a faith focus, pulling from over 10 years’ experience speaking to a variety of audiences about how to love your body.
I’m also a parent of 4 daughters, which has taught me to practice what I preach. I’m a ‘Health At Every Size’ advocate and an intuitive, mindful eater. When I’m not teaching others how to be comfortable in their own skin, I can be found walking my dog and hiking the trails around beautiful Asheville.