Alison Cross, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in NC and an LPC in Georgia is a working Mom who specializes in helping those with eating disorders and body image issues. Alison is also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and loves supervising new and trained clinicians.
While living in Georgia for 23 years Ali worked at all levels of mental health care with a focus on clients that have a troubled relationship with food and body. Through teaching clients positive recovery skills, she noticed similar negative body talk and constant dieting outside of work. Is it a common and appropriate lifestyle choice for people to deprive and hate their bodies? Dieting and a negative body image are gateway behaviors to developing obsessions that could lead to having an eating disorder. In the interest of prevention and awareness, the Body, Beauty, and Bravery Project was born. Today, many people have had the opportunity to listen to Alison speak in a workshop, seminar, retreat, or day camp to learn how to feel at home in their bodies.
Alison, her husband and 4 daughters moved to Asheville, NC in 2018 where she started her outpatient practice in both Hendersonville and Asheville. Since then she’s become a Level 1 Internal Family Systems therapist and completed the Level 2 training in the Embodied Recovery Model for eating disorders. She loves meeting with adult clients and working with all the things that tend to go along with eating disorders, like trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Supervising, consulting, and mentoring new clinicians is also a strong passion. Just before the pandemic, Alison started a local non-profit chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, where education and networking opportunities are provided to local healthcare professionals.
In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her family, hike, play piano, speak French, and explore the art of woodworking.