School Counselor’s Corner: Q&A with Dr. A

Allison K. Agliata, Ph.D., is our amazing school counselor for Radical Parenting. Her column addresses some great issues for parents and teens.

About Dr. A:

Dr. Allison Agliata (“Dr. A”) is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as a school counselor at Carrollwood Day School (CDS) in Tampa, FL. CDS is a International Baccalaureate private school that educates Toddlers through High School students.  CDS is also a Blue Ribbon School and National School of Character.

Dr. A earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Psychology, and Doctoral Degree in Philosophy (2005), all from the University of Central Florida.  During her graduate studies, her work focused on adolescent teasing, parent/child expectations, and body image. She completed her APA-accredited internship through the United States Air Force and served as an active duty psychologist for four years.  During that time, she had the opportunity to work within the Mental Health Clinic, Family Advocacy, New Parent Support Program, and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program.
“My hope with is to build stronger families by helping parents and students understand each others’ perspectives, expectations, and needs.  It has been my experience that parents typically make decisions with the best intentions, but poor communication and conflicting personalities can sometimes get in the way of family harmony.  Every child needs something different from their parents in order to feel fulfilled and thrive – my goal is to help each family reach their potential through healthy communication and strong bonds.”

Wife to fellow psychologist, Dr. Dan Agliata, and mother of two little girls, Dr. A spends much of her free time with her family, traveling, and baking.  She has also recently begun volunteering for the State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL) Medical Reserve Corps.

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Check Out Some of Dr. A’s Articles:

Teasing & Bullying: What’s the Difference and What to Do – This article will help you determine whether the social interactions your teen is experiencing are normal or harmful and what to do to help them through these tough situations. 


Is Perfect Parenting Mission Improbable? – Do you read every book (and article) trying to make sure you are the perfect parent?  Well, kick back and relax while reading this article.  We will assure you that you are a better parent than you think because nobody is perfect and really, who wants to be? 


The Get-Along Guide – Struggling to figure out how to get back on the same page as your teen?  Here are a few ideas to smooth out your relationship and start seeing eye to eye. 

The ABC’s of Educational Testing – This article will lead you through the details in figuring out whether your teen may need testing, what type they require, and how to ask for what you need from your professional.  Don’t miss this extensive guide!