Learn about our upscale private practice: Dr. Karen Ruskin & Associates, Inc.

Monica Alley

Monica Alley, MSW, LICSW

The clientele Monica serve report as soon as they meet this experienced mental health counseling professional, her warmth, genuine kindness, care, compassion, and skill shines through. Monica specializes in providing individual counseling for; teens age 14 and older, young adults, adults, and the elderly, as well as family therapy.

Additionally, Monica has a particular expertise and is known for providing grief counseling for ages 10 and up (including; individuals, sibling group, parents, families) working with any and all kinds of loss ranging from long-term illness to traumatic loss, suicide bereavement to relationship loss.

Monica views herself not as a fixer, rather as a consultant to help clientele find within themselves the answers to their most pressing questions. Additionally, this is a therapist who strongly believes that people feel in control of their life when they have a mastery of tools. As such, Monica’s therapeutic style is to provide practical tools for problem solution resolution, along with empathetic listening. In a time in our culture where passive listening simply does not cut it in the mental health industry, Monica is a valued counselor.

Monica’s Specialties Include:

  • Relationship Loss/Divorce/Break-ups
  • Loss/Grief/Bereavement/Death & Dying Issues (age 10 & up)
  • Family Care Giver Support
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Teen Challenges
  • Parent-Teen Relationship Issues
  • Parenting Guidance/Advice (e.g., single parenting)
  • Chronic Illness
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Self Esteem
  • Substance Abuse/Drug Addiction
  • Addictions
  • Hoarding
  • Life Transition (e.g., career change, college)
  • Women’s Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Transgender/Gender Identity Challenges
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual

Monica’s counseling approach is to utilize therapeutic modalities based upon what she feels is the best fit for what the client needs. The therapeutic styles she draws from include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Mindfulness-based. In addition to Monica’s specialization in individual and family counseling, she has run various therapeutic groups through the years for anxiety, relationship loss, and grieving/bereavement. Monica has been providing counseling services for over 20 years. She holds her Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Monica offers morning, day and evening hours by appointment only at:

Dr. Karen Ruskin & Associates, INC.
36 South Main Street * Suite C (First Floor Front Door)
Sharon, MA 02067