Author Archive: Allyson Cole, Psy.D

Dr. Cole is a Licensed Psychologist, Co-Founder of Family Guiding, and the Director of Psychological Services for PSCH Inc., a large non-profit. She has helped many people reach their goals by equipping them to overcome life’s roadblocks. Dr. Cole has over fifteen years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with emotional dysregulation, behavioral problems, difficult relational dynamics, and substance abuse problems. Dr. Cole has worked in several settings, such as a residential treatment center, hospital, outpatient clinic, and a juvenile detention center. She has collaborated with Jasmine Narayan, Psy.D. in the development of the C.R.E.A.T.E. Outcomes model to help adolescents, adults, and organizations develop pathways toward their goals while equipping them with the tools necessary to be successful. Specifically, Dr. Cole is passionate about working in collaboration with families, communities, and organizations to help make this world a safer place for girls in the justice system.

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The Gift of Curiosity

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have a reaction when someone I know does not have family members with whom to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas. As a Psychologist, I know that I am projecting the feelings of loneliness […]

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Motherhood Behind Bars: The True Story of Jacqueline Smith

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jacqueline faced the reality of eleven years and three months in prison in addition to the threat of losing her parental rights—leaving her desperate to maintain a connection with her daughter […]

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The Empowered Transition Equation

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even the most positive transitions involve loss. Yes, every transition involves losing something. Often times the gains in the transition by far out-weigh the losses; however, even in these instances, one […]

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When Your Loved One Needs Help…

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learn five steps to approaching a loved one who you believe needs help.

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Watering the Garden of You

| March 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Just remember, the more you focus on the parts of yourself that you love, the more these aspects of yourself will grow. The same is true for the parts of yourself that you don’t care for, so be sure you are only expressing and allowing the parts of yourself that you want to grow bigger.

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Do What You Love and the $$ Will Follow!

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I know this sounds crazy, and it didn’t happen over night, but as soon as I started making decisions based on how it felt to make the decision, my finances began to change overnight.

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Set the Elephants and the Monsters Free

| January 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When it’s cold outside and we can’t run outdoors to escape the elephants in the room and the monsters in the closet, we can slowly begin to feel overwhelmed by unspoken tensions and unnecessary fears. This is one of the reasons people  complain of depression in the winter, and one of the quickest ways we […]

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Adult Playtime

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

So often, we adults become so wrapped up in the stress of our daily lives that we have forgotten how to play and are only able to let loose in a way that leaves us with a hangover!

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New Beginnings

| March 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Many of the girls in the juvenile justice system have suffered abuse and many of these girls simply need someone to listen to them without trying to make it better.

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Communication From the Heart

| February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

When we are speaking to someone we love and trying to express something that may be difficult for the other person to hear, it can often be challenging to clearly express our message without negative feelings drowning the connection or the subject changing.

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Resolving Adolescent Conflicts

| January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Giving a consequence to someone who experiences herself as bad is a difficult task, because the consequence only provides further data supporting a negative self-assessment. Adolescents are particularly skillful at creating evidence to support their underlying beliefs about themselves.

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Cultural Clarity

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In order to truly appreciate our differences, we must first have an awareness of our personal culture. We often think of a group of people when we consider culture; however, every individual has his or her own unique cultural perspective.

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