Allyssa Ghans, LSW

Allyssa Ghans, LSWAllyssa Ghans, LSW


Allyssa completed her undergraduate education at Radford University and holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in social work. She is currently licensed as a social worker in the state of New Jersey.

With a strong focus on neurodevelopmental disorders, Allyssa has worked extensively to provide specialized support to individuals facing various behavioral challenges. Her passion lies in collaborating with diverse demographics and she looks forward to assisting clients of all ages and backgrounds. Allyssa’s clinical work draws from a range of theoretical orientations, reflecting her experience in addressing a broad spectrum of presenting problems. These issues include not only neurodevelopmental concerns, but also depression, anxiety, trauma, and more.

Allyssa Ghans is an active member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and has undergone specialized training in private practice settings, enabling her to effectively collaborate with clients from diverse backgrounds as an intern. Her approach is informed by a variety of theories and trauma-informed techniques, allowing her to deliver the highest level of care to each client. Allyssa employs a Person-Centered approach, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and the Liberation Health Framework to cater to individual needs.

Areas Treated:
Allyssa specializes in offering support to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, including:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorders
  • Navigating Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • School and Peer-related Challenges
  • Family Conflicts
  • Cultural and Diversity Matters
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Managing Chronic Pain
  • Women’s Issues (excluding Postpartum Depression)

Person-Centered Approach
Allyssa’s therapeutic foundation centers around a Person-Centered approach. This involves creating an empathetic environment where clients feel truly heard and understood. Collaborating closely with individuals, Allyssa helps them recognize their intrinsic strengths and resources, nurturing self-acceptance and personal growth.

CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) Integration
By incorporating principles from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Allyssa empowers clients to identify and reshape thought patterns contributing to emotional distress. She explores the intricate interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, guiding clients toward adopting healthier cognitive patterns for enhanced emotional experiences and behavioral outcomes.

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Techniques
Allyssa adeptly employs Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques, offering precise support to individuals contending with behavioral challenges. By assessing behavior patterns and implementing evidence-based interventions, she assists clients in acquiring new skills and behaviors while reducing undesired ones. Allyssa tailors her ABA approach to individual needs, facilitating positive behavioral changes across diverse settings.

Liberation Health Framework
Embracing the Liberation Health Framework, Allyssa recognizes the profound impact of social, cultural, and systemic factors on mental well-being. By addressing the broader context of clients’ lives, she advocates for social justice and empowerment. Allyssa’s utilization of the Liberation Health Framework underscores that therapy encompasses not only individual healing but also the cultivation of positive change within communities and society at large.