Nara Allen is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and a New York State Certified School Psychologist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of school and clinical settings.
Dr. Allen uses a compassionate approach while incorporating a variety of therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques, depending on the individual’s needs. She has worked with individuals to address issues such as anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, life skill development, social skill development, impulse control, and frustration tolerance. She has also worked with clients who have eating disorders, trauma, time management and organizational difficulties, and difficulties with relationships.
Dr. Allen also has experience working in a school setting with a background in psycho-educational assessment and interpretation. She has worked with students from pre-K through college, across both general education settings and specialized school environments. She has led social skills groups and has had extensive experience with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays. She has conducted functional behavior assessments (FBAs), created behavior intervention plans (BIPs), and written individualized education plans (IEPs). By combining a deep understanding of developmental issues with strategic collaborations involving parents, teachers, and other professionals, Dr. Allen helps students achieve their personal goals.
In her spare time, Dr. Allen is an avid reader who also loves music, painting, and hiking.
Dr. Allen has earned her Psy.D. and M.S. from Hofstra University with a major in school-community psychology. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in psychology and a specialized certificate in developmental disabilities and human services.