We are excited to welcome Allie Lewin, LMSW to the team! Learn more about Allie below:
What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?
When I was sixteen years old I developed a life threatening illness that landed me in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital for weeks. When I got out of the hospital, I relied heavily on the support of my family and medical team, including a psychiatrist, to regain strength and recover both physically and emotionally. During this process I realized how much mental health affects a person’s day-to-day functioning, and how life events can completely rock a person’s sense of security. I recognized how lucky I was to not only have survived my illness, but to have had the social support in my life that allowed me to thrive despite the obstacles I faced. From then on, I could only see myself in a career directly helping others, and given my innate interest in psychology, specializing in mental health seemed extremely fitting. Beyond that, the relationship I developed with my therapist after I was sick and continuing throughout my adolescence was immensely valuable to my growth as an individual and finding happiness, so the idea of being that person for others was extremely exciting and I imagined quite fulfilling.
As a therapist, what are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about helping others learn about themselves and move forward with making the changes they want for their lives. Nothing makes me happier than when a client comes to session having thought more in depth about something we discussed or having put into practice changes we explored in the room. When I see firsthand that a client is serious about doing the work, I become overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for any part I can play in their success.
What are your specialties and what drew you to them?
My specialties are depression, anxiety, and disordered eating, all issues I have grappled with at some point in my life. For years after I was sick I struggled with debilitating anxiety, spouts of depression, and using food as an attempt to control my emotions and fears. Through therapy, self-reflection, and a lot of trial and error, I learned to trust myself and live my life from a place of gratitude instead of fear. I hope my journey can help others who struggle with similar issues, as well as the other inevitable challenges life throws, to become the person they aspire to be and find their place in the world.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
When people get to know me they typically remark on my openness and transparency, characteristics I definitely bring into the room as a therapist. I think I’m naturally a warm and accepting person, so as a therapist I tend to see people’s strengths and the possibility for a brighter future despite the symptoms and self-defeating patterns they find themselves facing.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
My therapeutic approach draws on elements of cognitive behavioral therapy as well as psychodynamic therapy. Every person is different, so depending on the presenting problem, the individual’s unique set of circumstances, and their way of relating to themselves and the world, my style changes to fit their needs. Regardless of modality, my style is warm, collaborative, and active. I enjoy teaching my clients skills they can use outside of therapy, often incorporating homework in some capacity so they have the opportunity to test out new beliefs and behaviors explored in the room in their everyday lives.
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
Self-care for me includes yoga, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. It also includes indulging in a little reality TV to de-stress and unwind.
What is your favorite...
Quote: “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”
Book: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Movie: The Silence of the Lambs
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
The most important relationship you have is the one to yourself. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion and you are far more likely to find the motivation, productivity, and strength you are looking for as well as enjoy healthier and more fulfilling relationships with those around you.
Allie Lewin is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. To schedule an appointment with her or learn more about how therapy can support you in reaching your goals, contact Cobb Psychotherapy.