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.