Alexandra Migani, LMSW, LADC is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Alexandra is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Alexandra works with a group of seven licensed therapists at New Insight Counseling, LLC. The private practice offers a strengths-based approach to support children, adolescents, adults and families.
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 training is centered around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Alexandra balances her life and passion for psychotherapy and wellness with interests including hiking, yoga, snowboarding, kayaking, figure skating and spending time with family and friends. Alexandra’s practice now focuses on late teens to pre-retirement with particular focus on anxiety, life transitions, depression and helping people improve their quality of life.
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 had 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 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. 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.
I share 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. We can achieve anything we set our minds to.