Alexandra Evangelista, LPC
I believe that all people have the innate ability to reach their highest potential - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - and sometimes, life's challenges get in the way of reaching that potential. When faced with difficult life situations, our thought process can become blurry, our emotions overwhelming, and we find ourselves unsure, perhaps even scared, of how to take our next step forward. That's where therapy can be helpful.
I view therapy as an investment in yourself, valuing it a space dedicated to helping you reach your goals and feel well and fulfilled. Meeting with a therapist can allow you the safe space needed to clarify those uncomfortable thoughts and emotions, fear them less, and actually embrace them and use them to make positive changes. As a therapist, I am not here to tell you what to do, how to live, or give advice, but to gently assist you in regaining control to meet your highest potential.
Since 2019, I have proudly worked as a School-Based therapist in a local middle school, working collaboratively with adolescents and their families to help students navigate their middle school journeys and successfully complete their education. Through this work, I have gained significant clinical experience, assisting adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ challenges, self-harm ideation/behaviors, and psychiatric crises. I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Spirituality in Counseling from Monmouth University in 2019. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to obtaining these credentials, I also gained clinical experience as a therapist-intern in an integrative private practice, where I learned the value of honoring the mind-body connection in the therapeutic context. There, I worked with children and adults who were experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use challenges, and more. Presently, I am in the process of completing my Advanced-level training in Sand Tray therapy, a therapeutic modality I often use with children and teens that allows them to explore the unconscious in a non-threatening, playful way.
When meeting with clients, I bring a down-to-earth atmosphere and my first goal is to work collaboratively to build a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, which paves the way for my clients to recognize and meet their own goals. While I always meet my clients where they are at, I often incorporate mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic techniques into therapy. I also maintain a strengths-based approach, focusing less on cures and/or disorders, but more so on a client's own strengths and abilities to help them bring out their truest and most congruent version of themselves. I view being a therapist as a privilege, and am grateful to join you on your journey!