Dr. Ford received her Doctorate in Counselor Education, with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Virginia in 1996. Dr. Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (License Number 3292) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (Certificate Number 54463).
Dr. Ford was an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University where she taught Master's students in counseling and developed their first Counseling Center for counselors in training. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia, UNC in Chapel Hill, and NC State University. She continues to provide individual supervision to counselors seeking Licensure.
Dr. Ford has over eighteen years of experience providing individual, group and family psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Dr. Ford began her work as a counselor in the schools, providing individual and group counseling to adolescents as well as parent consultation. While completing her doctorate, she worked for several years as the lead therapist and clinical case manager of the adolescent day treatment program in a psychiatric hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dr. Ford has also worked at the University of Virginia's Counseling Center providing individual therapy to young adults in the community. In 1988, Dr. Ford joined NC Neuropsychiatry, a leading Neuropsychiatric practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Over the past nine years Dr. Ford has established herself as a specialist in treating patients who are struggling with chronic or severe mood disorders as well as individuals who have experienced a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ford has always balanced her practice with persons who have challenging issues as well as persons dealing with "normal" developmental issues.
Dr. Ford played an integral part in the development of NC Neuropsychiatry's Day Treatment Program in Chapel Hill. For six years, she remained the lead individual and family therapist in the program in addition to providing clinical case management and the coordination of all clinical services. The Day Treatment Program was designed for adults dealing with acquired brain injury and/or chronic mental illness. The Day Treatment Program provided comprehensive treatment to assist individuals with medication stabilization, intensive individual psychotherapy and family therapy, group therapy, cognitive remediation, community reintegration, and the development of a more productive and self-sustaining lifestyle.
In 2008, Dr. Ford established her own clinical practice, Triangle Behavioral Health PLLC in Durham, NC. Dr. Ford continues to provide comprehensive individual and family services to persons with mental illness and traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, she remains committed to the highest quality care, comprehensive testing and evaluations, communication among all treatment providers (medical and nonmedical), and advocating for diverse community resources for her patients.
Dr. Ford specializes in working with adolescents and adults who have moderate to severe mental illness, traumatic brain injury and addiction. Some common diagnoses of her treatment population include Mood Disorders, such as Major Depression and Bipolar I and II Disorder; Anxiety Disorders, in particular PTSD, Panic Attacks, and Generalized Anxiety; Psychotic Disorders, such as Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia; Behavior Disorders such as ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder; and Substance Abuse and Dependence. She has also gained extensive experience in working with individuals who have experienced an acquired brain injury and have a co-morbid psychiatric condition. Dr. Ford remains an advocate for individuals who have experienced an acquired or traumatic brain injury. As a result, she continues to help families with identifying appropriate resources and rehabilitation services both in the local community and throughout the state of North Carolina.
Through a psychodynamic theoretical orientation, Dr. Ford utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques to assist the individual in changing irrational, intrusive and self destructive thought patterns; developing healthy behavior patterns; learning effective coping strategies; gaining deeper insight into the origination of their presenting problems; and assuming greater control of their own lives.
If you wish to learn more about her services please contact Dr. Allison Ford at 919-636-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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