My name is Allison Kagay, I am a recent graduate from Messiah University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC). I am originally from the West Coast and moved to NY in 2016 to continue my education and work in full-time ministry with an Assemblies of God church on Long Island. My counseling journey began after experiencing adversity in my life, and I became strongly aware of the importance it plays on maintaining a healthy well-being. As I continued to feel the urge to go back to school, I enrolled full-time. I completed my field internships at a drug and alcohol residential program in Long Island and The New Hope Mental Health Counseling Services.
My desire and passion for helping others have been evident throughout my life span and this passion includes helping children grow and thrive into all they are intended to be. I believe people are unique, creative, capable, and responsible and I love having the opportunity to see transformation and change and be a part of it! I am an advocate for healing the whole person, which includes one’s spiritual journey as well. As an MHC, I aim to support you through your journey and provide resources, education, empowerment, and encouragement to you and/or your family.
My approach consists of Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with the incorporation of various research-based practices to empower and strengthen the individual specific to their needs. My love for creativity and art is integrated into sessions with children and teens, providing them with the freedom to express themselves through various means, other than traditional talk therapy. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, addiction/substance use, Adult ADHD, and self-esteem.
I am an active member of the American Counseling Association and I have undergone training in TeleMental Health, providing services to clients from the comfort of their own home or place of ease.