Allegra  Magrisso

Allegra Magrisso

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon appointments in Evanston practice (updated May 28, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions and stage of life changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Parent/child relationships
  • Spirituality and self-actualization
  • Clinical supervision

Professional statement

Allegra Magrisso is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL. She welcomes a wide range of clients to her practice, including individual adults, couples, and children ages 12 and up. She especially enjoys working with teenagers and young adults who are trying to find their place in the world.

Many of Allegra’s clients are women navigating a major life transition, including becoming caregivers or parents, or re-entering into the workforce. She also has extensive experience working with parents and grandparents who need help navigating their relationship with their children, as well as general anxiety, depression, and self-awareness. When working with couples, she frequently helps them improve their communication and learn how to navigate the stress of daily life together.

Allegra takes an individualized approach that takes into account a client’s experiences and goals. She spends time understanding how her clients’ symptoms present themselves and works holistically to treat them as a whole. Uniquely, Allegra has a sand tray and shelves full of miniatures in her office that she frequently uses with her clients. She asks them to take a look at the shelves and pick out any miniatures that they can then use to make a sand world in the sand tray. This activity can help individuals access their unconscious thoughts and become more connected with themselves and their emotions.

Allegra is passionate about the work she does and has over 40 years of experience. Outside of private practice, she works as a therapist at Refugee One. She looks forward to meeting you at her office, conveniently located within walking distance from the Metra and purple line via Central Street.

Message to clients

Facing stresses and inner tensions are a natural, but not always comfortable aspect of becoming the Self you can be. My interest is in creating an emotionally safe space through compassionate listening and being fully present. In that space, clients can learn to attend to their authentic voice as they confront challenges and conflicts that ultimately lead to growth.


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

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

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

Parent/child relationships - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Spirituality and self-actualization - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Clinical supervision - Offering reflective clinical supervision and consultation to other therapists

General expertise


Allegra Magrisso 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: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Clinical supervision for therapists: $75 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Evanston practice

2627 Poplar Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thu 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1992 - Present
Refugee One, Therapist
Winnetka, Illinois Public Schools

Loyola University School of Social Work, LSW
Bank Street College of Education, Masters of Education


  • English