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Meet Dr. Allison Sucamele
Founder & Positive Psychology Coach
Orange County Area, California  

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Allison founded The Lemon Tree, LLC in 2022 out of a need to create balance and well-being in her own life. Not only did she want to do this consistently for herself, but she also wanted to share what she learned during her own journey, which continues to this day, and share it with others. 

She has worked in education and psychology for over 23 years. Specifically, Allison has taught grades 6-12 and graduate-level psychology courses as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. She continues to teach 11th and 12th grade English at a public high school in Orange County. She loves to help people discover their personal strengths, support their personal journeys, and champion them as they move toward their full potential to learn and create the life that has been waiting for them. 


Not only does Allison have a background in education, but she is also a HeartMath Certified Coach and enjoys helping people through the transformational process of building personal resilience and upholding the belief that every heart holds wisdom and intelligence that can help guide each of us through adversities. She also helps people get unstuck, organize their lives, and find balance, which is a key component of positive psychology. 


  • Institute of Coaching, McClean, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, member 

  • Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Touro University Worldwide, 2021 

  • American Psychological Association, member

  • dōTERRA Essential Oil Specialist Certification, October 2022

  • Teacher of Recognition, El Toro High School, 2020 

  • HeartMath Certified Coach, HeartMath Institute, 2020

  • Add Heart Facilitator, HeartMath Institute, 2020 

  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Pepperdine University 2019-Current

  • Course Lead for Positive Psychology, Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2019-2022 

  • The American Institute of Stress, member since July 2019

  • Master of Arts in Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2018 

  • Single Subject Teaching Credential in Psychology, 2018

  • Specialization: Foundations of Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

  • Coursera Mentor, Social Psychology, Wesleyan University, 2018 - 2022

  • Coursera Mentor, Health Across the Gender Spectrum, Stanford University, 2018-2022

  • BBS & CAMFT Updates: What Students & Interns Need to Know, OC-CAMFT Board Member - Presenter, Argosy University, September 25, 2018 

  • “Anxiety Disorders,” Presentation, Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA, April 2018.​

  • “Helping Struggling Students,” Presentation, El Toro High School, Lake Forest, CA, SVUSD Staff Development Breakout Session, January 2018.

  • “Death & Dying,” Presentation, Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA, December 2017.

  • “Effects of Guilt on a Person’s Life,” Presentation, Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA, March 2017.

  • ​​Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Pepperdine University, Lifetime Member since September 2015

  • "Law & Ethics," OC-CAMFT Presenter, Alliant International University, Irvine, CA, October 6, 2015

  • Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OC CAMFT), Board Member, 2015-2016

  • School Site Council, El Toro High School, 2011-2013

  • English teacher, El Toro High School, Lake Forest, CA (2008-current)​

  • ​ELD teacher, Cahuilla Desert Academy, Coachella Valley, CA, 2007-2008 

  • English teacher, Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills, CA, 2004-2007 

  • Master of Arts in Education, Alliant International University, 2003 

  • English teacher, La Quinta High School, La Quinta, CA, 2002-2003 

  • Single Subject Teaching Credential, Clear, English, 2004

  • ELD, English, Social Studies, & P.E. teacher, Carr Intermediate, Santa Ana, CA, 2000-2003

  • California Teachers Association (CTA), member since 2000

  • National Education Association (NEA), member since 2000

  • B.A. in English, University of California, Irvine, 2000 

  • A.A. in English Literature, Saddleback College, 1998

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