ALLISON BONIFAY, MA, LPC
Executive Director & Senior Clinician
Allison approaches the therapeutic relationship with energy, curiosity and a drive to learn collaboratively. She delights in incorporating 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). She has been published in her studies of anxiety disorders, has presented at various national and international scientific conferences, and enjoys opportunities to provide 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. 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.
In her free time, Allison recharges by exploring Portland's ever-expanding dining scene, testing hypotheses on Sci Fri with her son, and taking full advantage of local music festivals and shows with her family.
“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”