“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Allison bonifay, MA, LPC
Executive Director & Senior Clinician
Allison is the co-founder of NW Anxiety Institute. She approaches the therapeutic relationship with energy, curiosity and a drive to learn collaboratively. Allison incorporates relevant science and research in a way that is fun and applicable, infusing humor and compassion throughout the therapy process while keeping the focus on empowerment and freedom from fear.
Allison graduated from Pacific University with her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has received certification from the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). Allison has been published in her studies of anxiety disorders, has presented at various national and international scientific conferences, and provided lectures and trainings for local organizations.
Currently, she actively serves as a steering committee member of the Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force as an advocate for broader dissemination and understanding of treatment options and support for those impacted by hoarding. She splits her time with on-going scientific endeavors as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research, managing clinical trials that involve behavioral health interventions. Prior to co-founding NWAI, Allison’s experience included residential, correctional, in-home, and outpatient settings, serving a variety of populations: adolescents, adults, teen parents, incarcerated adults, and families.
Allison aims to live each day in line with the mission of NWAI, to fight fear and find freedom. She believes that when we allow ourselves to look fear in the eyes and take a stand to defy it, we can find peace and growth. She likes to channel Ralph Waldo Emerson when she says, "do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain". As a part of NWAI, Allison continues to search for opportunities to share this message and support others in their process.
In her “free” time, Allison recharges by travelling, attending eclectic, eco-conscious music festivals and backpacking across majestic, mountainous landscapes with her family.