About Me

The teenage years can be challenging for teens as well as for their parents as the teen seeks independence as they prepare to become an adult. Teens are learning to make their own choices (sometimes not the choices the parents would make for them), choose an identity, find their peer group. And, this can lead to experimenting with new ideas, changes in mood, and, changes in interests and goals. Parents may feel at a loss with all these changes and challenges. But, staying the course, continuing to offer guidelines and support, maintaining open communication in a structured and supportive environment will assist the teen in reaching his/her full potential. Parents must also be aware of early warning signs and how to get the help/support they need to get their teen back on track.

I have worked significantly with children 1-21 and their families in homes/foster/adoptive homes, school, community, group homes, juvenile detention facilities for the majority of the 27+ years I have been a therapist . I have also worked with children in military families within a school/home/community setting. I have helped these families navigate difficulties, gain increased positive communication, and, improved relationships. I hear both the teen and the parents and can bridge that gap with guidance and support while bringing in school/community to provide the teen and their parents with a more cohesive and fulfilling environment. I hold LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Work) licenses in both Wisconsin (8198-123) and California (29109).


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #8198-123 (Expires: 2021-02-28)

LCSW #29109 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Written by K.E. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with mary for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Mary has been so helpful and the email option for us has been tremendously convenient.

Written by H.A. on Sep 23, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Mary is great! She responds in a timely manner, prompts good questions and gives us a variety of things to work on that are applicable on a daily basis

Written by B.R. on Sep 23, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks

It has been a very short time that I have been working with Mary Allen and I have had great success for the time we have been working together. She a has shared comments, suggestions, work sheets and valuable information that has really helped me. I look forward with working with Mary Allen to make even more improvements in my relationship.

Written by A.U. on Sep 17, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks

I really enjoy her advice, she listens and brings up great ideas and try’s to work with me to help my son

Written by C.L. on Sep 05, 2020 after counseling with mary for 4 days on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

I've had one session with Mary and learned more about myself in this one hour then I did in over a year of in person therapy. She's direct, thought provoking, inspiring, friendly and so helpful. I can't wait to better my life with the guidance on my new counselor.

Written by S.A. on Sep 03, 2020 after counseling with mary for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Mary has been extremely helpful! She helps keep us on track and genuinely cares about us. We are so lucky to have her in our lives.

Written by A.S. on Aug 19, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Mary Allen is a skilled clinician who is able to understand the fundamental concerns in a relationship and help couples work through them. We have the tools to better support and love each other now, thanks to Mary Allen’s expertise

Written by B.R. on Aug 16, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I enjoy her cheerful approach and really help with anxiety issues. I also love her directions to calm me down.

Written by R.A. on Aug 15, 2020 after counseling with mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

She is a wonderful person to help me along my journey!