Meet our Therapists

Meet our Therapist Jeanne McAllister

Jeanne McAllister, Ph.D.

Jeanne McAllister, Ph.D.

Feeling overwhelmed?  Struggling to cope?  Problems in your relationships?  Many times life presents us with challenges we don’t have the resources to manage.  Dr. Jeanne McAllister, Ph.D.  has 20 years of experience and works with individuals to identify the source of their problems and to develop skills to meet those challenges.  Primarily by developing new ways of thinking about their problems and themselves and new ways of responding to situations. In session her style is gentle and nurturing. Jeanne focuses on individual's unique coping styles and helps them learn and adopt coping strategies that work in their current life situations.

Jeanne is an advanced generalist and is trained in counseling with a background in substance abuse treatment.  However, her true passion lies in treating individuals and families who have a loved one struggling with substance use or addiction. Many family members of people struggling with addiction feel they don’t need therapy because the addict is the one with the easily identifiable problem. She believes  there does not have to be a choice between my therapy or my loved ones therapy.  Jeanne holds that it's important to understand that therapy can provide support for family members but also boost their loved one's health and chances of recovery as well. She helps parents, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, and close friends who love someone struggling with substance use issues. Jeanne helps them to improve communication styles and relationship quality, help understand and avoid enabling behaviors, address codependent behavior that may be inhibiting recovery, learn and understand the systems in place that support and deter substance use, and more.

Jeanne helps parents, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, and close friends who love someone struggling with substance use issues.

 

She also specializes in working with powerful "wonderful women who do everything". She understands that between work, family and other demands, many women consider their own well-being last, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and often maxed out. She helps those who put themselves last to take time for self care, develop a strong awareness of their own feelings and needs, and develop strong boundaries with others.  Therapy provides the opportunity to focus on their own needs and passions, restore their sense of self, and find balance.

Jeanna is a trauma specialist and works to empower victims of all types of trauma. Trauma-focused therapy uses a range of techniques for the purpose of dissipating the difficult feelings experienced by a trauma victim through a change in his or her thoughts, beliefs, and behavior. The principal techniques in trauma-focused therapy are exposure, cognitive restructuring and learning emotional and physical adjustment strategies.

  • PTSD
  • Rape
  • Child molestation
  • Sexual assault
  • Other forms of sexual abuse

Jeanne is passionate about working with lost college students (UNCW, CFCC, and more) and young adults struggling with anxiety or depression to help them improve their mental and physical well being, life circumstances, and find their path. 

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
  • Al-Anon members who need a little more guidance
  • Caretakers
  • Depression
  • Lost College Student and Young Adults
  • Geriatric Issues
  • Chronic Health Issues
  • Depression
  • Friends, family, and significant others who love someone struggling with addiction or substance use issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Assault/Abuse Victums
  • Powerful women who do everything

Treatment Orientation:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Therapy, Dialectical Therapy  (DBT)
  • Trauma-focused therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance Therapy