Allie Barker MSW, LCSW
Hi, my name is Allie! Let's dive right in.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina and Virginia. I am passionate about serving those who are struggling with anxiety, motherhood, life transitions, and college stress. The pandemic flipped our worlds upside down, and left us having to pause and restart parts of our lives. This is the time we need to dig deep and foster our resiliency. I know that it is easy to feel overwhelmed by daily tasks to the point where a "balanced life" sounds more like a joke than an attainable goal. My job is to help you find some semblance of a balanced life so you don't neglect yourself forever.
I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to use coping skills they have (but might not know they have) and learn new ones to tackle the issues at hand. My perspective in therapy is that everyone has their own "coping skills toolbox" and it is my job to help you polish the rusty tools that you haven't used in a while and make room for new and improved tools that are just for you. While sometimes our lives can feel out of control, many times all we need is a little boost from an outside person to help us move through overwhelming situations.
My interests are baking, being outdoors, Nintendo Switch, family, and doggos. Also, I am not above using bad puns in therapy and laughing at myself more often than not. I believe that one of the most important things in therapy is a good relationship with your therapist (because why talk to someone you don't like)?
I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2015 from Western Carolina University. After graduating I attended the Master’s of Social Work program at Western Carolina University and graduated in 2018. Since then, I relocated to Eastern NC, and worked in community mental health where I treated children, teens, and adults with a wide range of diagnoses and life circumstances.
I appreciate the time you have taken to read a little bit about me! Therapy is all about the “fit” and the relationship between therapist and client, so please feel free to reach out and schedule a 15-minute free consultation to dip your toes into telehealth and meet me!