Resmaa Menakem

We all have points in our lives when outside support can help us move through difficult or painful times. My goal as your therapist is to help you move through whatever is keeping you in pain, stuck, or afraid to create your best life for yourself and within your communities.

My Approach

I am a trauma and relational therapist and bring in breath work, meditation, and body awareness as tools for healing and change. I use approaches informed by Gestalt Therapy, somatic work, Black Psychology, Liberation-Focused Healing Framework, Relational Therapy, EMDR, and Narrative Therapy. You don’t need to know what these are but if you are curious, they can show up in our work as:

  • Shadow and parts work
  • Body and breath awareness
  • Metabolizing grief and pain/trauma
  • Story telling/narrative work
  • Grief work
  • Relational work
  • Anchors/self soothing skills/resource building/self-compassion work
  • Reparenting
  • Spirituality
  • Metaphors/dreams
  • Experiments/chair work
  • Humor
  • Personal power and responsibility
  • Ancestral healing work
  • Creative arts work


I approach my work rejecting the notion that therapy is apolitical. My sessions with clients have exemplified how the impacts of oppression (racism, sexism, trans-phobia, anti-Blackness, anti-semitism, ableism, classism, homophobia, etc.) are forms of trauma. They deeply inform who we are in the world, what we carry in our bodies, how we navigate relationships and healing, and what we assume about our lives.

I not only center the ways that oppression impacts us as marginalized people but invite in the ways to celebrate our identities and connect them with our history and forms of resistance as healing. I also explore how our privileged places keep us stuck and sick. I work with White clients to examine how our privilege has caused harm, cost us our full humanity, and made us disembodied and disconnected. We look at early messaging and ways to build a White racial identity that is rooted in disrupting how we uphold white supremacy in our lives today.

My Clients

I provide individual and couples therapy to adults in a warm and supportive environment. I work with:

  • Activists
  • Artists (musicians, actors, painters, writers,etc.)
  • Queer/LGB community
  • Trans/Non-Binary/Gender-Expansive communities and support social and medical transitions or exploration
  • BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) including bi/multiracial clients
  • Queer/trans couples and families
  • Cross racial couples and families
  • Poly/non-monogamous couples and individuals
  • Kink/BDSM communities
  • Other therapists/healers/body workers
  • Sex workers
  • Academics
  • Lawyers/Executives
  • Single parents
  • Those in non-profit and philanthropy

My Experience

I have worked with clients around:

  • Trauma- current or historical
  • Family
  • Self-care and personal power
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Coming out as queer/trans/non-binary
  • Exploring gender identity and transitioning
  • Experiences of oppression (racial trauma, trans-phobia, sexism, ableism, homophobia, classism, etc.)
  • Undoing internalized white supremacy for White folks
  • Shame and guilt
  • Exploring spirituality
  • Ancestral healing
Alison has the ability to support you in doing your deepest and most important work. She can manage the resistance and challenge that comes up with this work and still let you know that you are being held and cared for. She is an excellent therapist.
Therapy Client
I have worked with a handful of therapists throughout my life, and my work with Alison has been the most impactful and positive out of them all. She has partnered with me on a therapeutic journey that has led me to find so much inner healing. When I think back over the years, I notice the bigger long-term impact that has come from my ongoing therapy work with Alison.
Therapy Client

Therapy Fees

I am committed to offering access to care, as I believe that healing work is a human right, not a privilege and should be available for everyone, particularly those who are marginalized. I ask those of financial means and privilege to please commit to paying the full fee. Sliding fee slots are available for those depending on availability, your access to resources and wealth, and your experiences of marginalization. We can discuss during your consult.

Initial therapy consultations, ½ hour – FREE
I believe that therapy is most successful with the right fit so I want to make it possible for you to inquire without cost.

Full Fee (sliding scale slots offered when available)
Individual therapy, 50 minutes – $200-250
Couples therapy 50 minutes – $250-275
Couples therapy 75 minutes – $300

Insurance for Therapy

I do not accept insurance for my services. You may contact your insurance provider and ask if you have “Out of Network Benefits” and what your deductible is. If so, I can help you receive reimbursement by providing a receipt for our sessions to submit to your insurance provider.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours or do not show for your appointment, you will be required to pay the full fee of the session.

Office & Directions

  • 7058 Germantown Avenue
    Suite 201
    Philadelphia, PA 19119
  • Cross Streets: Germantown Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Avenue
  • By Bus:
    The 23 Bus goes up and down Germantown Avenue, through Center City and down to Locust Street
    The H Bus goes up and down Mt. Pleasant Avenue
  • By Train: Chestnut Hill West to Allen’s Lane Station, and walk two blocks to office
  • Parking: Free parking on Germantown Avenue between Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Sedgwick Street, on either side of the street