Alessandra Macca, MA
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
“I’m fine.” is the one of most common lies. It is ok not to be ok. We are
often shamed for being broken instead of being asked how we fell apart. Alessandra's approach is kind, curious, compassionate, and playful, recognizing each client and their individual experience. She will explore the art process with you: a unique vessel for expression where words can fall short.
For over 16 years she suffered from an eating disorder that ultimately inspired her studies to help others who felt labeled, misunderstood, anxious, depressed, or insecure. Alessandra received her master’s from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. She has over six years of experience with helping children and adolescents, in addition to higher acuity patients working at an in-patient psychiatric hospital with individuals who had trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline, bipolar, suicidal ideation. She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
Difficult feelings can be contained and expressed within the artwork using symbols as natural metaphors for experiences. Artwork is just like our ever-evolving journey; we are always learning, growing, and surprised by life. Her focus is primarily
client-centered; however, she uses an eclectic approach to meet the needs of
"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, need to be a life
sentence,” said Peter Levine. Humans are very resilient. During this process
you may tell your story, share your images and do some work which she hopes
will take away some of the power of the wound. Alessandra brings her emotional support dog, Tophy, to offer additional comfort for clients with his fourteen missing teeth. Click here to read "Your Guide to Art Therapy".