Lynn Almon, LMHC
Lynn Almon is the Director of Clinical Services at Interactive Discovery’s second location since its opening in October of 2015. As a New York state Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of clinical experience, Lynn works with children, families, adults and couples.
While gravitating towards a psychodynamic perspective, Lynn utilizes relational, attachment, trauma-informed, and sensory focused perspectives in all therapeutic relationships. This was fostered through her educational pursuits, research, private practice, and her current position providing clinical consultations for individuals with symptoms of relational and developmental trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Prior to Lynn’s role as ID’s Clinical Director, she was the Clinical Supervisor of a private psychiatric practice in Downtown Manhattan for 6 years. She has worked with individuals of all ages starting in community outreach within social and rehabilitative services. Following, she gained experience in multiple inpatient hospital settings performing psychological evaluations of inpatients with psychiatric disorders and medical conditions. Early experience in the comorbidity of psychiatric disorders and medical conditions at Fletcher Allen Psychiatric Consultation Services in Burlington, Vermont further enhanced Lynn’s belief in the mind-body connection. Her clinical interest in trauma and child development stem from her research experience at the Anchor Program in Portland Maine where she assessed early attachment and parent-child relations utilizing various assessment tools in an intermediate psychiatric care program for children and families. This draws on her continuing educational interests in dissociation and the neurobiological perspectives of trauma and attachment. Lynn is a former Adjunct Professor of Psychopharmacology in a clinical mental health counseling graduate program. This seven year teaching experience captured her interest in the neurobiological process of change that occurs in the therapeutic relationship.
Currently, Lynn’s work in community trauma and its impact has been shared in workshops in the community and the creation of trauma-focused groups for women. Further educational training on the connection of trauma to the sensory needs of individuals and attachment has been an additional focus.
Lynn received a masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Johnson State College and her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics as a scholarship Division I athlete at the University of Vermont. She previously practiced as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the states of Vermont and Maine and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Lynn’s ongoing interests in global health lead her to a medical mission as a clinic assistant and counselor conducting assessments for individuals with psychiatric conditions, malnutrition, infectious diseases, and trauma at the Saint Jules Medical Clinic: Petite Bourgne du Bourne, Haiti.