Alison Costa

About Alison

Specializing in mental health, personal growth and recovery since 1985,Alison has created an integrative healing practice that encompasses both traditional (clinical) and transpersonal psychotherapy modalities by blending western depth psychotherapy with eastern spiritual wisdom. Her thriving private practice has been situated in the Bay Area, since 1992.

Alison’s eclectic style incorporates elements of these therapeutic approaches: cognitive-behavioral, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, family therapy/marriage counseling, body-oriented/somatic psychology, transpersonal psychology, social psychology, dance therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): chemical dependency/dual diagnosis and crisis intervention.

A professionally trained dancer and avid yoga practitioner, Alison consciously balances mind * body * spirit as a way to enhance her ability to help others. She is certified as a Yoga Therapist ( and her passion and expertise in this area, helps client’s restore balance, increase self-discovery and develop inner harmony through movement and meditation.

Her additional certification as a personal coach and knowledge of emotional intelligence (EQ) and cultural intelligence (CI) is useful in assisting clients with uncovering core commitments to personal, business, and relationship goals.

Utilizing Portuguese and Spanish language skills, multicultural awareness, as well as an appreciation of alternative lifestyles, Alison successfully works with a diverse clientele who reflect the Bay Area’s unique demographics.

Throughout her career, Alison has designed workshops and trained professionals in clinical, corporate and academic settings in the areas of communication, stress management, diversity, parenting, crisis intervention and domestic violence.

She has served as an expert witness since 1990 for Immigration petitioners, providing evaluations, consultations and testimony within the San Francisco Federal Courts.

In 1990, she developed a clinical internship program that is still in operation at La Casa de Las Madres (San Francisco.) She was nominated and served on the Commission for the Status for Women (San Francisco) and was a member of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium for many years. In Brazil, she consulted and trained the staff of the first domestic violence shelter in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in conjunction with the Delegacias de Defesa da Mulher.

Alison dedicates her personal and professional experience to the practice of Ahimsa (non violence – from the Yoga Sutras); and encourages compassionate communication.

License, Education, Certifications 

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) License # MFC 29052 (CA 1992)

Clinical Psychology (MA) 
John F. Kennedy University (CA 1988) 

Psychology Major (BA)  Minor: Dance & Multi-Cultural Studies Indiana University (1979)

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT – 200) 
Integrative Yoga Therapy - Yoga Alliance (2006)

Registered Yoga Therapist International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)(2006)

Certified Professional Coach (CPC) College of Executive Coaching (CA) (2006)