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Alison Hickman Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Alison Hickman believes in treating the cause and not just the symptoms; cultivating self-awareness helps you manage the inevitable difficulties of life and relate better to others. She makes every effort to convey warmth and caring while assisting you on your journey to knowing yourself better and becoming the best version of yourself.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • LGBTQIA+
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
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Provider
Profile
“I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which means that I attend to the dynamic interplay between conscious and unconscious factors that make up your personality.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After my undergraduate degree, I worked in corporate and nonprofit settings but still longed to do work I found more meaningful. After earning my master’s degree at NYU, I chose to do four more years of extensive clinical training at a postgraduate institute in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. My commitment to ongoing learning is essential to my efforts to understand how to best approach life’s complexities with the utmost integrity.
What should someone know about working with you?
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which means that I attend to the dynamic interplay between conscious and unconscious factors that make up your personality. You do your best to say whatever comes to mind and I do the rest! I work in the areas of depression, anxiety, identity or stage-of-life issues, illness, loss, difficulty trusting your decisions, fluctuating self-esteem, career, and relationship struggles (with family, friends, or significant others). You are taking an important first step by investing in yourself with therapy. Let’s understand your experiences better and work toward developing your happiness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe this profession requires lifelong learning. I am continually educating myself in theory and clinical training (that is, what to actually do in the room) from the best resources our field has to offer. In addition to my already extensive training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I am also training to be a health coach! The exciting new fields of lifestyle and functional medicine align with my values by seeking to treat the cause and not just the symptoms. My aim is to assist clients with their overall wellness, as our struggles with physical health are often tied to emotional wellbeing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
First and foremost, I value compassion for all living beings, and I would never ask someone to be something they are not. In addition to being a general practitioner, I also offer specialized treatment to the LGBTQIA+ community and pet bereavement services. Pets are part of our families and should be treated as such.
“You do your best to say whatever comes to mind and I do the rest!”