Alison "Ali" Hernandez, L.C.S.W.
Let’s be real, finding yourself at a point in life where you are seeking support, therapy, guidance, healing, education, understanding, or whatever it may be that brings you in the door, can be an empowering, yet terrifying, and at times frustrating, step. Living life on life’s terms is not easy but I am here to tell you that you do not have to do it alone. Life will throw all of us challenges and some may be more manageable than others. I practice from the belief that all individuals are capable of change, healing, and overcoming any obstacle thrown in their way. This process often starts when you are able to reach out and grab the light that is being offered when you feel you are in some of your darkest moments.
I have been a licensed therapist since 2016, with a Master of Social Work degree from Kennesaw State University. I have worked in a variety of settings with various populations ranging from victims of domestic violence/abuse in crisis shelters, to providing outpatient therapeutic services to children and families with a community mental health agency, intensive outpatient programs, and most recently working in an inpatient/residential program for adults struggling with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
My true passion is working with individuals and families healing from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. As the two often go hand in hand, I believe strongly that it is imperative to address both aspects to ensure healthy and long-term recovery.
Recovering from addiction and/or mental health challenges, whether you yourself are recovering or a loved one, can often leave you feeling discouraged, fearful, anxious, angry, or hopeless at times. As I know that recovery can also bring with it opportunities for growth in relationships and jobs, stability across different areas of your life, increased feelings of hope, peacefulness, and personal empowerment, I am committed to helping those who are seeking help in navigating the path in front of them. Whether you are just starting off, or having been walking this road for some time, I will meet you where you’re at with a non-judgmental, compassionate, understanding, honest, and real approach. Helping you discover your own gifts and abilities that will aid you in achieving your goals.
While working in inpatient and residential settings, I have treated individuals with varying degrees of mental health disorders from all walks of life. Although my specialties include Addiction, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, PTSD/Trauma, ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts), Codependency, Mood Disorders, and Grief/Loss, I have found these are almost always accompanied by some degree of life stress such as Work/Career, Relationships, Family Issues, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Physical Ailments/Chronic Pain, Learning Difficulties, etc. My holistic approach is centered on treating the whole individual rather than just one symptom, or one aspect of their wellbeing.
I value the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist which is why I am not only committed to providing a safe and trusting environment for you to heal from any issue, struggle, or hang up you may bring with you, but also acting with integrity by utilizing only evidenced based treatment modalities to ensure ethical and effective care.