Alex Aguilar

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in the public health space for the last 10 years. Specifically, I’ve worked in mental health and reproductive health, as a therapist, program developer, and fundraiser. As a social worker, my skillset is being able to see the bigger picture, while also zooming in on all of life’s intricacies. As a mental health service provider, I specialize in an empathic approach, creating safe spaces, utilizing client-centered therapy, all while advocating for large scale justice within my community. I have experience working with adolescents as young as 13 years old, folks well into adulthood and later stages of life, as well as LGBTQ+ clients, folks living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance use and misuse, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety (acute and panic disorder), Depression, couples, and families. As an advocate and therapist, I bring the importance of understanding structures of power to every session, focusing on how our environments and experiences shape us, and ultimately, how we grow in our power to shape ourselves and create environments that allow us to thrive.

My therapeutic style allows for adjustment as I meet clients where they are, understanding that some might appreciate more direction, while others prefer a tighter grip on the reins. I understand that some moments benefit from levity, while other moments need stillness and depth. Through it all, I uphold the value of vulnerability, walking alongside clients, building trust. I put my clients in the driver’s seat, as we unravel complicated feelings, traumas, and pain, in order to find peace, wholeness, and empowerment. Some clients have described me as fiercely compassionate, and boldly caring. I'm not afraid to ask hard questions but am also skilled at creating spaces where we can feel at ease to be radically and wholly ourselves, free of judgment and criticism.

I believe that therapy is one of the greatest investments in ourselves that we can participate in. I applaud you in the first step to prioritizing your wellbeing. You deserve good things. You deserve to feel good. I look forward to an opportunity to participate with you in that journey!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #6152 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Reviews

Written by K.Y. on Jan 15, 2021 after counseling with Alex for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Alex is a kind person and a skilled therapist. She made going back to therapy fulfilling and helpful. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a therapist that is a good listener and who provides practical and thoughtful feedback.

Written by M.A. on Dec 23, 2020 after counseling with Alex for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Alex is wonderful! I've never had a therapist like her. She is unparalleled in her ability to listen to my disjointed stories, pull a theme from them, and give me solid tools to work on our discoveries. 10/10, highly recommend!