Hi, I’m Allyson Byers (she/her)!
I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #135025) in Los Angeles, CA under the supervision of Pam Shaffer (LMFT #91321). I received my Master of Arts degree from Antioch University in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychological Trauma.
I completed my traineeship at Didi Hirsch Jump Street, a crisis residential treatment program in Los Angeles where I worked with adult clients with severe mental health issues, including major depression, complex trauma, suicidal thoughts, Borderline Personality Disorder, substance use issues, severe anxiety, and psychosis.
As a queer therapist who has chronic illness, I draw from both my professional and lived experiences. I am an active therapist in the room, which means I like to provide psychoeducation when appropriate and gently challenge you to see things from a different perspective or dig deeper. I also frequently utilize humor because therapy doesn’t have to always be so serious.
I also utilize a variety of treatment methods including Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Attachment Theory. I’m a Health At Every Size, and anti-diet clinician. I am also sex-positive and poly, ENM, LGBTQIA+, and kink-affirming.
In addition, I understand how much cultural values and systemic oppression can greatly impact someone’s mental and physical health. I am committed to creating a non-judgmental space to support individuals with a culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed lens.
The relationship you have with your therapist is an essential part of growth and change. I strive to create a secure, nurturing, and trusting relationship with all my clients, so they are able to be vulnerable and process trauma. Ultimately, I want to help you lead a life worth living—whatever that may look like for you. I’m currently accepting new clients and I would be honored to support you on your journey