Alexandra Migani, LCSW, LADC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is also known for her work in Transformational Coaching and Consulting.
Alexandra offers a strengths-based approach to support, adolescents, adults and families with a wide range of mental health and substance use related concerns. She believes in living with purpose, sense of self, and confidence both personally, professionally and academically. Alexandra is often described as having infectious energy and a real zest for life. She currently works from a physical office located in scenic downtown Westport and provides virtual therapy through West Hartford Holistic Counseling Center in West Hartford.
Alexandra can provide psychotherapy in the state of Connecticut, however coaching and consulting services reach people across the country.
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Alexandra's training and experience includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and more to help you heal, grow, and live empowered. She believes in skill building and breaking down larger goals into smaller steps to make any of your goals an easy reality to achieve. Alexandra prides herself on her connection with her clients as well as the passion she finds in working with people to help them improve their lives in every way possible.
Alexandra balances her life and passion for psychotherapy and wellness with interests including hiking, yoga, snowboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, figure skating and spending time with family, friends, and her 2-year-old Black Labrador named Nala. Alexandra’s practice now focuses on late teens to pre-retirement with particular focus on anxiety, self-image/self-esteem, depression, life transitions, school/job stressors, and relationship demands.
Alexandra completed her studies at the University of Connecticut’s Graduate School of Social Work, earning a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a clinical concentration. She earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a concentration in mental health and substance use from Southern Connecticut State University. She was recognized by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services through a grant for working with Transitioning Youth at Risk. Alexandra worked in Adult Outpatient settings as well as in the school setting with ages ranging from kindergarten to elderly. Her specialized experience includes working with college age students, infertility clients and family and friends supporting those with substance use problems.
Let me start out by saying I give you so much credit and really respect you for looking deeper into growing, healing and expanding your life. I get it. While there are many therapists to choose from, I actually know and have lived the pain that you are in. The suffering, feeling overwhelmed, paralyzed, the uncertainty bringing you to your knees with mental and physical distress. I live every day of my life managing and prioritizing my mental health and overall well being. It is a journey I have come to appreciate and guide me. In understanding triggers and gaining awareness and insight not only internally, but externally as well, we can live a consciously empowered life- standing in our truest selves without depleting or draining ourselves for the world around us.
Life hasn’t always been in balance for me. Anxiety has been a constant in my life since a young age. The tightness in the chest, desperately needing to cling to control, feeling the pressure, both perceived and that I learned to put on myself, was real and unnerving. I always wanted to help people even to the point of putting other’s needs and emotions first; suffering for what I thought was for the greater good. Having endured a horrific accident, I was forced to look at my life and ask myself if I wanted to continue this unbalanced, unhealthy way of life. Lucky to be alive, I came home to a reality that was less than ideal.
It was as if productivity and motivation, my passion and drive, ceased to exist for me and giving in was all I could do. For an uptight anxious person, always needing to be in control, I was unable to live my life without experiencing devastating distress daily. I wasn’t sure how I would be able to live again let alone not suffer from what I had just experienced, the unraveling of a stubborn and vulnerable mind.
It is through my experiences that I am able to continuously marvel at the unfolding of life. I will always be thankful for my journey for it not only guided me to mental health support, but it helped me find
my purpose, my meaning, my happiness.
I became further intrigued with the field of psychology and human behavior as I watched family and friends struggle with their own issues too. Through my own experiences and educational career I have been able to relate to people in a way that fulfills the dedication and passion I hold for working with others. The more I learned about behavior in regards to our thoughts, feelings, and the environment that surrounds us, the more I wanted to know.
We often feel so much is out of our control or that our unhappiness will never change, when, in reality, we are the change we are looking for. We were born to thrive, be free from struggle, from pain. It is our human condition that we need to avoid these negative states when, in reality, all we ever do is battle the every day experience and struggle to find our way. We can stop fighting ourselves now and learn a healthier, more beneficial way to navigate a world that wants us to be followers not leaders. We can achieve anything we set our minds to.
We are all unique.
I share a glimpse into my story in hopes it will inspire others to find their balance and happiness. I encourage others to be in charge of their own lives and ultimately their own happiness.
I am here for you and your journey.
Let’s see what we can accomplish together!