Alexa  Pena

Alexa Pena

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime, afternoon, and evening remote therapy appointments (updated March 27, 2020)

Offers Online Therapy

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Alexa Pena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown Manhattan specializing in anxiety, depression, and life transitions. The majority of Alexa’s practice is comprised of adults struggling with anxiety and depression, including issues stemming from relationships, family dynamics, pressure to marry, work stress, culture shock and the transition to living in New York City.

Alexa takes a holistic and psychodynamic approach to therapy, combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness to explore with clients how they work through communication, boundaries, and vulnerability. With clients, Alexa is transparent, warm, and direct. She creates a dialogue with clients to learn what they are open to exploring, and believes strongly in the client's right to self-determination and autonomy. Alexa is passionate about working with clients to learn where the patterns they find themselves experiencing come from, and describes her style as “encouraging curiosity about one's thought and relationship patterns.” Alexa helps clients strengthen their internal resources and become more self-sufficient. She works with clients to find what may work best for them, bringing in apps that focus on increasing intention in daily life when beneficial and appropriate for clients.

Alexa received her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University and is currently enrolled in a two-year psychoanalytic training.


Message to clients

My goal is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space to work through your barriers-- whether they include anxiety, depression, relational conflicts, work stress, or simply feeling stuck. My style can be best described as warm, honest, and direct. I work collaboratively with you to help you overcome your current stressors, but also strive to assist you in accomplishing long-term, sustainable growth. I would be honored to join you on your journey towards achieving lasting and positive change!


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


General expertise


Insurance

Alexa Pena is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Therapist's note

Alexa can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Murray Hill practice

271 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Thu 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2017 - Present
Catholic Charities, 2013 - 2017

Columbia University, MSW, 2012
Baylor University, BSW, 2011


Languages

  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Alexa has been a great listener and has shifted my focus to a more positive future. I plan on continuing seeing her as I feel she is putting me on the right path to realizing my self worth. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to work through their challenges and self improve.


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