ALLISON BONIFAY, MA, LPC
Executive Director & Senior Clinician
Allison spends much of her days supporting the operations and administrative workings at NWAI. One of her daily gratitudes is getting to work with a team of not only skilled and dedicated individuals, but also ridiculously funny and absurdly kind. When doing clinical work, she approaches the therapeutic relationship with energy, curiosity and a drive to learn collaboratively. She delights in infusing humor and compassion while keeping the focus on empowerment and freedom from fear.
Outside of NWAI, she actively serves as a steering committee member of the Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force, advocating for broader understanding and support for those with lived experience of hoarding. Prior to co-founding NWAI, most of Allison’s experience included residential, correctional, and in-home settings, serving a variety of populations (teen parents, incarcerated adults, and families). Her previous work, focused on empowerment of historically marginalized groups, has shaped her current passion and mission of increasing access to quality mental health care for all.
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) for treating OCD. She continues to be published in her studies, including anxiety disorders, has presented at various national and international scientific conferences, and enjoys opportunities to provide lectures and trainings for local organizations.
In her free time, Allison recharges by doing all things family with a teen and toddler! Her evenings and weekends are filled with neighborhood adventures, tasty meals at Portland restaurants and pop-ups, local music shows and traveling to the mountains.
“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”