Allie Haydon, LMFT, LPC, LCDC
I graduated from Texas A&M University in December of 2008 with my Bachelor’s degree in English. I taught 7th grade English for one year before realizing that the part of the day I really loved was talking to the kids before and after school about their lives.
I decided to get my Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor certification and began working in non-profit agencies with young people and their families recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
I wanted to help people with more than just substance abuse and received my Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in December of 2016 for Marriage and Family Therapy.
As a person in long term recovery and a former angry young person, I empathize with feeling disconnected from family, irritable, and lost. I was thrown into recovery by my mother who laid down a tough boundary one night and stuck to her guns. She endured verbal abuse, manipulation, lies, and chaos from me for far too long and had enough. Although I could not understand why she would be so incredibly “harsh” to her daughter that night, I now am unbelievably grateful that she was strong enough to cut off the escape paths when I was self-destructing.
I find fulfillment today in attending recovery events and spending time outside with my husband, step-daughter, our three dogs, and horse. I indulge my inner teenager with comic books, sci-fi novels, and punk rock music.