Allison ReisbigEmeritus Associate Professor
2007 Ph.D., Kansas State University, Human Ecology emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
2002 M.S., Kansas State University, Family Studies and Human Services emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
Dr. Reisbig is an Associate Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy and Family Science, Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor.
Clinical and Supervisory Expertise
My clinical expertise is in the practice of Bowen Family Systems Therapy and the process of guiding individuals, couples and families to become more attuned to the needs of the self so that each person, in turn, can better attune to the needs of others.
Human beings and their relationships are beacons of both their own distress and strengths. My philosophy on family therapy is that it is the role of the therapist to help clients learn to use their strengths to attune to the feedback given by their minds, bodies, and relationships. When people learn to nurture themselves based on the feedback given, they are better able to return the mind, body, and relationships to a place of balance and wellness. This also allows parents to teach this same process to their children.
As a supervisor, I provide mentoring in learning attunement to the self and then teaching this same process to your client families. I value each therapist as unique and encourage practice expertise to begin with one’s own natural strengths. Just as every client is unique, so is every therapist. I provide mentoring in observation of the feedback from human systems and the practice of marriage and family therapy as a method of helping families achieve wellbeing.
My research expertise is in the physiology of relational connection. I am currently measuring heart-rate variability in animal models as a way to understand the basic science of how emotion is shared between related individuals. This research serves to validate foundational assumptions of Bowen Family Systems Theory.
Dr. Reisbig currently supervises student research in the following program areas: