Allison Ray Benavides, LCSW

allison ray benavides, lcsw

Allison Ray Benavides, LCSW is a medical social worker currently working in the field of death and dying. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and The Study of Religion from UCSD and received her Master of Social Work from SDSU.

In addition to social working, she is also a writer, tattoo shop owner and the proud mother of a pediatric cannabis patient. She manages a website sharing education and local resources for families curious about treating their children with cannabis at She also contributes to MJLifestyle Magazine and recently released a children’s book she wrote for her son about their pioneering journey finding healing with medical marijuana. Eve’s Return: A True Story is illustrated by Rob Benavides and available for sale here.

Allison has a deep gratitude for the various wisdom traditions that have brought healing to her life. In addition to her clinical training, her work is intimately informed by Buddhism, Yoga, the Wise Woman Herbalism Tradition, and energy psychology. She uses modalities such as EFT and AIT, and is currently in a Reiki mastery program with Sharna Langlais and studying Pranic Healing® with Pranic Applications

She especially loves supporting caregivers and the parents of special needs children.

Allison is located in San Diego, CA and is currently taking new clients in the evenings. Counseling, Reiki and Pranic Healing sessions are available.








60 minute counseling session

(sliding scale & Skype available)


reiki and Pranic Healing

60 minute healing session