Allison Burque, LCSW, is one of four therapists working with LifeWorks this year through the Greenhouse, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program. The Greenhouse provides new clinicians with opportunities to develop their identities as therapists, deepen their skills and unique strengths, and expand their cultural knowledge through hands-on experience and educational modules. Learn more about the Greenhouse here.
In the interview below, Ally discusses the program, her experiences as a therapist and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and what she aims to accomplish this year.
LifeWorks: What first drew you to the Greenhouse and LifeWorks?
LifeWorks had been on my mind and in my orbit for a bit because of their emphasis on doing insight-oriented therapy with LGBTQ people and those who identify as kinky and/or poly.
I found that Lifeworks was filling a much-needed hole in therapy services in Chicago and I felt even more excited to know that there were seasoned, highly-experienced and passionate partners running the practice. When I learned that there was an opportunity to train intensively with the practice, I jumped at the chance. Something that’s always felt exciting to me about psychotherapy is the emphasis on lifelong learning and I realized that with the Greenhouse program I could deepen my experience in working with LGBTQ, kink and poly individuals while expanding my clinical skills. It’s a gift to be in an environment that so closely aligns with my personal values, professional interest, and growth edges as a therapist.
Tell us about your goals and aspirations—what are you hoping for in 2016 and beyond?
My goals for 2016 is to get a stronger understanding of depth psychotherapies and how to engage these approaches in my work. By participating in Lifeworks’ experiential learning training, reading new texts, and discussing theories with the staff, I hope to more deeply understand these modalities and how they can be used to help people feel more embodied, aware, and connected to themselves and in their relationships.
I have had the privilege of working with the LGBTQ community in my career as a social worker and therapist –it is a community of which I am a part and I am continually in awe of it. It is so exciting to think about sharing my growth and new knowledge from this year with LGBTQ folks who are interested in therapy.
What are you most looking forward to in the coming year together?
I’m most excited about learning from the team at Lifeworks. Psychotherapy can often feel like such independent work. Training intensively with the Greenhouse program affords me the opportunity to regularly collaborate with other therapists who share similar values, to be challenged from new directions, and to have support as I go through the learning process. I’ve always been really drawn to community work and the power that collective voices have to push things forward. Sharing spaces and ideas with this group of bright, dedicated therapists feels like the ideal way for me to deepen my skills and become more grounded in my therapeutic work.