The key to a fulfilling life is

Creating Balance

 

About Me

Since I was young, I have been passionate about helping those around me and know I am happiest when I am able to support and care for others. Unsurprisingly, these core values and qualities led me to earn a Marriage and Family Therapist degree from John F. Kennedy University in 2013. Since then, I have worked for over 6 years in many different mental health settings and now specialize in anxiety, depression, grief counseling, relationship issues, life transitions, body image concerns/self- esteem, and stress management.

Like so many of us, I too have experienced bouts of anxiety and depression that have impacted my life. I want to normalize these thoughts and feelings for clients while also providing hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. This work has shown me it is possible to achieve self-growth, manage symptoms and emotions in healthy ways and improve relationships with ourselves and others. I am committed to those that I work with and encourage a telephone call prior to our first appointment so that I can best support you. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.

 

Specializing in Anxiety Treatment, Depression and Grief Therapy

Anxiety

When living with anxiety we tend to live in a world of "what ifs" instead of enjoying what is. Anxiety occupies our minds and our bodies causing stress and doubts in our abilities. To overcome anxiety we must master a new way of thinking. By changing our thought patterns we can change how we feel and how we function in our lives.

Therapy for caregivers
Depression

Depression is composed of many symptoms that make it a challenge for people to thrive. When suffering from Depression individuals not only feel sad then often feel a lack of energy, loss of interest, and worthlessness among other symptoms. These symptoms are like rain clouds hanging overhead making it difficult to function in all aspects of life.

Couples
Grief & Loss

Grief is a very personal journey. It impacts us in different ways and in ways that are often unexpected. It can be difficult to find people who understand how to support us through our grief. 

Don't walk your grief journey alone. I am ready to help you move through the stages of grief and help you discover a new sense of strength.

Adolescent Therapy

A caregiver has many responsibilities. Responsibilities for themselves and for the care of others. There are many people who may consider themselves a caregiver. They may be a parent, an individual caring for a family member, a medical professional, a social worker, or a therapist like myself.

Our relationship with our partner or spouse is usually our most important relationship. They are the ones we rely on most for emotional support and the ones with which we set out to accomplish life goals. When we experience difficulty in this relationship it can cause lots of distress, especially when we feel that we have tried everything to resolve the issues present.

Adolescents face lots of challenges as they are transitioning from childhood into adulthood. They have to learn how to cope with though issues such as: peer pressure, romantic relationships, education/career goals, and making decisions for themselves. As a parent it is challenging to help adolescents navigate these challenges because they typically minimize or dismiss guidance and advice from their parents.

 

Contact Me

For any questions you have, you can reach me here:

Allison J. Pichardo, MFT

2830 I Street, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

408-658-6989

allison@balancedlifetherapy.org

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