Alexandra  Descalzi
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Alexandra Descalzi

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated February 3, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
  • Childhood trauma

Professional statement

Alexandra Descalzi is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience working as a therapist, and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Many of Alexandra’s clients face extreme stress, which can lead to anxiety or depression. They also struggle with self-esteem, burnout, and difficulty deriving meaning from their everyday routines. Her work in the mental health field and her devotion to her family brought her to further study the impact of early childhood experiences on development and growth. In her long career, she has observed the long-term negative impact of stress, abuse, neglect, and mental health needs on children and how it transcended into adulthood. She has further learned firsthand the positive effects of incorporating evidence-based mental health treatment.

Alexandra provides her clients with a nonjudgmental, compassionate space to talk openly about what’s happening in their lives. Alexandra allies herself with her clients, cheering them on as they make progress. She educates her clients on basic psychology so they can better understand how their mental health impacts all aspects of their lives. She then gives them the right tools for emotional regulation. For parents and children, she helps them establish healthy patterns so their relationships can grow with respect and love. Clients also benefit from mindfulness exercises, including grounding techniques and a range of coping skills that are tailored to each clients unique story and needs.

Alexandra earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell University. She is an enthusiastic and engaging therapist who helps clients to lead healthy, comfortable, and connected lives. She is currently providing telehealth sessions.


Message to clients

Everyone deserves to feel supported during difficult times, capable of handling life's challenges, and feel connected with the people they love.

Everyone has the right to find Wellness. I see Wellness encompassing 3 major elements:

One: Support: Having someone to help you understand your needs can make all the difference. An expert to connect you to resources and help you increase your understanding of the available tools to maintain and improve your mental health is very important.

Two: Healing and Connecting. I believe that once you are well equipped with the right tools to connect with the people around you, resolving conflicts with others is within reach. It is never too late to connect and build healthy relationships.

Three: Development and Growth. Development is a continuous process from birth to late adulthood. Difficult experiences in childhood, adolescence or adulthood are a common trigger for problems like anxiety and depression. Going through stress and trauma when you're very young is likely to have a particularly big impact. Together I hope that we can explore and learn the coping skills that will help you manage your current stage of growth. My strategy has always been empowering adults, parents, children, and youth to becoming the best YOU.

Therapy is finding yourself, and your strengths, battling your challenges, understanding others, working with others, and finding peace.

This is my Passion.


Specialties

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

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

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150

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
Session frequency

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

  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wed 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fri 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 16 years

Mental Health Clinic of Passaic, Clinical Director , 2016 - Present
Mental Health Clinic of Passaic , Clinical Counselor , 2007 - 2016

Ever Green Certifications, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional , 2018
New Jersey Professional Counselors Examiners Commitee, License Professional Counselor , 2012
Caldwell University, Masters in Mental Health Counseling , 2008


Licensure

New Jersey: 37PC00465500


Languages

English

Spanish


Client testimonials

"Alexandra Descalzi has been very helpful in our transition to outpatient mental health services for our daughter. My daughter who is not a fan of therapy said she liked her and that’s with having a longer session than she’s had in a long time. She felt it was easy to talk with her. Hoping she continues to build a rapport with her."
- Zencare client • September 2023