Who I Am
Psychologist, Wife, Mother, Therapist, Educator, Supervisor, Public Speaker and Media Personality
What I Value
• Being authentic, real and kind
• Showing compassion while being direct and honest
• Holding myself and others accountable
Helping us lesson the shame, blame and guilt we suffer from in order to live our best lives with honesty, accountability and love.
Training and Professional Background
Dr. Nerenberg was trained in a variety of modalities which include: family systems, gestalt, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic. After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University in Chester, PA in 1997, she spent 5 years as the clinical director of the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit, a nationally known, residential treatment program for healing from addictive behaviors and trauma. Additionally, she spent 5 years as a board member for the International Institute for Trauma and Addictions Professionals (IITAP) where she headed the supervision committee. She has supervised hundreds of therapists and lectured nationally on topics including healing from trauma, addictions and co-dependency. Dr. Nerenberg has trained therapists at various addictions facilities including The Betty Ford Clinic, The Caron Foundation and Delano Hospital in Torrance, California. She has been featured on television networks which include: MSNBC News, ABC, CBS, Fox, A& E and CN8 as well as many newspapers, talk shows and podcasts.
Additionally, Dr. Nerenberg spent 4 years leading an Emotional Eating Recovery Program at the Women’s Center of Chestnut Hill Hospital where she educated patients about developing a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Widener Univesity’s Clinical Psychology Program and has lectured at Villanova University and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
In May of 2022, Dr. Nerenberg wrote her book No Perfect Love- Shattering the Illusion of Flawless Relationships and then developed a weekly radio show that aired on 1210 AM radio- The Relationship Show with Dr. Alyson Nerenberg and Friends. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Dr. Nerenberg is most proud of her family including: her husband Jeffrey and her children, Amanda, Marissa, and Justin.
Personal Background: Who Influenced Me?
I am a third generation healer. My grandmother was a social worker, who grew up in a time when women weren’t highly educated. She was a free spirit who embraced knowledge as power and earned a masters of social work degree. She helped hundreds of people from many different cultures and was my role model on how to live life passionately. Also, my mother was a guidance counselor who helped countless families in crisis and opened her heart to help people from all walks of life. My father was a criminal defense attorney who taught me how to root for the underdog. He was direct and believed in embracing honesty at all costs. I was also raised in a family where successful healing from addictions was modeled. Through my upbringing, I derived a sense of believing that recovery is possible and that I have a huge amount of inner strength.
My Role as a Wife and Mother
I have been happily married for over 27 years and have three children who are the biggest blessings in my life. Through my marriage I have learned to work through ups and downs, assert myself and grow as an individual as well as embrace being part of a couple. I have also learned to laugh wholeheartedly and love fearlessly. I believe in the value of marriage and will do everything in my power to help support couples who are in crisis. Strengthening families is very crucial to what I believe and who I am as a person.