Allyson Black-Foley



Allyson has over 10 years of experience working with children, college students, and young adults at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, in K-8 schools, and on a crisis intervention team. Her practice is informed by an appreciation of the ways in which structural and societal oppression contributes to mental health.


Allyson has specialized experience working with children and adolescents, as well as adults dealing with childhood trauma, relationship concerns, anxiety, and depression. Allyson is on the leadership team of Camp Aranu’tiq of Harbor Camps, a summer camp for transgender and non binary youth and their families. She teaches in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University. 

Education and Training

MSW • University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Areas of Specialization


College students, emerging adulthood, transgender and non-binary youth, play therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, gender and sexuality, life transitions, family of origin issues, interpersonal issues, school concerns

Theoretical Orientation

  • Relational

  • Feminist

  • Psychodynamic

  • Trauma-informed