Alexa Pena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City 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.
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
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Private practice, 2017 - Present
Catholic Charities, 2013 - 2017
Columbia University, MSW, 2012
Baylor University, BSW, 2011
Alexa was informative, punctual, and able to explain her practice well."
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."