LMSW Assistant Director, The Dorm NYC
Alexa is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work, where she received her Master’s of Science in Social Work. Alexa also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University. During her time at Columbia, Alexa completed extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Alexa also gained skills in Psychodynamic and Mind-Body approaches throughout her studies.
For as long as she can remember, Alexa always wanted to be a therapist because of her deep love for connecting and communicating with others. Prior to attending graduate school, Alexa was part of a research team at Fordham that looked at the impacts of social-emotional learning programs on elementary school students in New York City. Throughout this experience, Alexa solidified her passion for not only working one-on-one with individuals but for exploring the ways in which individuals’ environments impact their lives.
While at Columbia, Alexa worked extensively with young adults in various therapeutic environments. She first interned at a middle and high school in the Bronx, where she worked with adolescents both individually and in small groups settings to help them achieve their academic, social, and emotional goals. She also held a clinical internship at the LGBT Center, where she worked with adolescents and young adults who were dealing with mental health challenges, substance use, major life transitions, and explorations of their sexuality and gender identity. Through these experiences, Alexa developed her passion for working with young adults, as well as a passion for working with LGBTQ+ populations.
Alexa’s work is rooted in the belief that all individuals hold multifaceted identities, and that all aspects of identity are important and worth exploring. Because of this, Alexa likes to have open conversations about these identities and give individuals the opportunity to explore various parts of themselves. Alexa also strongly believes in collaborating with clients to find out what techniques and approaches work best for them. She provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to try new things and is interested in how clients are experiencing the therapeutic process. Because everyone is different, Alexa likes to incorporate various therapeutic techniques that tailor to individuals’ specific and unique needs.
In her free time, Alexa loves cooking, traveling, exercising, exploring the outdoors, and listening to true crime podcasts.