Resident in Counseling, MA
Alexa Malatesta

Because no two clients are exactly the same, treatment may never look the same across individuals. I approach each client as I would a puzzle, where the end goal is to assemble all of the relevant pieces together for a consolidated picture. While I work with my clients to gain insight on what their past has brought to their present, I also tailor my approach to gaining insight on what is happening here and now. Having worked for the Victim Witness Program at the Commonwealth Attorney of Virginia’s office, I have background in working with trauma/PTSD, as well as stress, family conflict, anxiety, depression, and self esteem.

My goal is to offer support and relief to a variety of individuals. My treatment approaches are tailored to the specific needs of each client. More specifically, I tend to favor a psychodynamic approach, in addition to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing.

Sometimes, the first step in this process can be the hardest one. However, I hope you are able take comfort in the fact that this process does not have to be gone through alone. When entering into a new therapeutic relationship, I provide an open and accepting presence to my clients for facilitation of trust and communication.