Hi! I’m Ally Bares, a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health
Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, graduating in May of 2020.
I believe that we all have an actualizing tendency; striving for self-understanding,
fulfillment, and authenticity. Further, I believe that each of us are capable of reaching these
goals, however, we’re often blocked by our environment. Society has taught us to think, feel,
and behave in ways that may not always be congruent with who we are as individuals. As a
result, we’ve internalized messages about who we’re “supposed” to be, and how we “should”
act. As a counselor, I’ve adopted a person-centered approach, with elements of cognitive-
behavioral therapy, that encourages clients to accept and honor their true selves in order to
lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.
I believe that change occurs within relationships that promote acceptance, empathy,
and authenticity. I see my clients as people first, not just as the problem they bring to
counseling. I accept you for all that you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly—without
judgment. I will work to create an open, accepting, and caring environment where we can both
feel comfortable to be who we really are. This growth-promoting space will allow you to safely
explore and more deeply understand and accept your true self, ultimately becoming your most
authentic “you.” Counseling is a shared journey, and I’m here to meet you where you’re at,
supporting you each and every step of the way.