Scott S. Allen, M.Ed., LPCA, NCC
Scott S. Allen is an empathic and multicultural clinical mental health counselor who can help those struggling with substance abuse issues regain manageability over their lives and identify their powerlessness over drugs and alcohol. Scott is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Richmond. Scott is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese having attended Capitol Normal University in Beijing, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Nanjing University while living in mainland China, Japan, and Vietnam for 16 years.
Scott has witnessed the powerful effect counseling can play in the lives of individuals firsthand and hopes to continue this tradition of empowering clients to become well. Scott feels uniquely qualified to help those struggling with substance abuse issues as he once was a client receiving counseling care at a treatment facility in Savannah, GA. Through individual, group, and art therapy he was able to recognize with the aid of counselors, whom themselves are recovering alcoholics and addicts, how to infuse creativity, cultural humility, and mindfulness meditation into his daily life. At this treatment facility, Scott was introduced to Twelve Step programs and began a process of working those spiritual principles for living a happier and freer lifestyle.
As it was made abundantly clear in his time in Asia and America, the social stigma surrounding addiction perpetuates the suffering of those inflicted with this disease and it is his personal goal to ameliorate this problem using cross-cultural communication, empathic and professional skills. Scott advocates for recovering addicts by volunteering and devoting time cooking meals for the homeless population of Savannah at the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen, establishing the Center of Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, and the Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in the Savannah/Chatham area.