Alexa  Pena

Alexa Pena

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Murray Hill Not Accepting In-person
Updated March 5, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

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.


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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

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: $250 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $250
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Murray Hill practice
211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-4:00pm
  • 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

"

Alexa was informative, punctual, and able to explain her practice well.

"
- Zencare client • September 2020
"

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.

"
- Zencare client • August 2019