Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF
Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF has treated eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related issues within private practice, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings. Allison has been with Center for Discovery since 2015, serving as opening Program Director for the Houston Outpatient Program. Allison was awarded Center for Discovery’s Employee of the Year Award in 2016. A dynamic speaker and facilitator, Allison often presents on topics related to eating disorders, diversity, trauma, and shame. Allison earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studied under shame and vulnerability expert Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW. Allison is certified in Dr. Brown’s Daring Way™ method and has facilitated the Daring Way™ in a variety of clinical settings and within professional teams. With her training in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Allison was one of the first clinicians to utilize EAP to facilitate Dr. Brown’s work. Allison is also trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association and uses this evidence-based practice in her work with clients. Regardless of her treatment approach, compassion is at the heart of Allison’s work with clients, families, and teams.
Allison serves on the board of the Diabulimia Helpline, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with co-occurring type 1 diabetes and eating disorders. She also volunteers with Woman Within International. Allison is a member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, and the National Association for Social Workers.