ALLISON ZAMMIT SAID FRIEND OF THE FACTORY - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & SYSTEMIC FAMILY THERAPIST
Allison is a registered clinical psychologist and is further trained as a systemic family psychotherapist. She is a member of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists and the Malta Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Allison first graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2008, after which she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy through the Institute of Family Therapy Malta. She then pursued a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and continued her training through a Masters in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice within the University of Malta. Her postgraduate research studies have focused on maternal antenatal depression as experienced within the couple relationship, in addition to conducting change process research exploring mechanisms of change along the course of psychotherapy, with a special focus on blended families. Allison has worked in various capacities through state agencies, nongovernmental organisations, and private practice. She has experience working with adults and their families in residential and outpatient substance use treatment settings. In her current role within mental health services she works largely with children and adolescents presenting with a range of psychological difficulties, such as generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, mood disorders, self-harm, behavioural difficulties, trauma, attachment difficulties, etc. She previously worked in a similar capacity within school-based psychological services in Malta and Gozo. She is trained in psychometric assessment and projective testing, particularly in assessing cognitive abilities, attention, and personality testing. Allison has also been contributing for a number of years in the supervision of student research and practice within the Department of Psychology at the University of Malta. In her work, Allison strives to support individuals and families creatively through a resilience-based approach in addressing psychological difficulties, relationship issues, and in nurturing personal development and emotional wellbeing.