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Alessandra Macca, MA

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Art Therapist

(she, her)

We are often shamed for being broken instead of asked how we fell apart. For sixteen years I suffered from an eating disorder that ultimately inspired my studies to help others who felt anxious, depressed, and insecure. Trauma is a fact of life but it does not have to be a life sentence. Humans are very resilient. Artwork is just like our ever-evolving journey; we are always learning, growing, and surprised by life. My focus is primarily client centered; however, I use an eclectic approach to meet the needs of my clients.

I am here to hold a safe space and explore the art process with you: a unique vessel for expression where words can fall short. Difficult feelings may be contained and expressed within the artwork using symbols as natural metaphors for experiences. My specialty is children, adolescents, victims of trauma, and individuals struggling with life adjustments. During our work together you may tell your story and share your images which I hope will take away some of the power of the wound. Anyone willing can benefit. No artistic talent is necessary, nor do you have to participate in art-making if you do not prefer it. I also bring my emotional support dog, Tophy, who oftentimes ends up on clients laps.

Specializations:

Credentials & Experience:

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Children and Adolescents 

  • Eating Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Registered  Mental Health Counselor Intern 

  • Art Therapist 

  • Master's Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy 

Alessandra's service dog Trophy will be present during your sessions.

Alessandra sees clients aged
2 years and older

Specializations:

  • Eating Disorders: Alessandra MacCa specializes in working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders. She provides comprehensive support to help clients develop a healthier relationship with food, body image, and self-esteem. Alessandra's approach focuses on promoting lasting recovery and improved overall well-being.

  • Trauma: Alessandra has expertise in trauma therapy. She assists individuals in healing from past traumatic experiences by creating a safe and supportive environment. Alessandra utilizes evidence-based techniques to help clients process and integrate their traumatic memories, fostering resilience and empowerment.

 

  • Personality Disorders: Alessandra is skilled in working with individuals who experience personality disorders. She provides individualized support to help clients gain insight into their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Alessandra assists clients in developing healthier coping strategies, leading to improved emotional well-being and healthier

        relationship functioning.

 

  • Depression and Anxiety: Alessandra offers specialized support for individuals struggling with depression and anxiety. She utilizes a client-centered approach to assist individuals in understanding and managing their symptoms. Alessandra's goal is to promote emotional resilience and enhance the overall quality of life for her clients.

Modalities:

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): Alessandra incorporates ART into her practice. ART is a therapy modality that utilizes eye movements to help clients process and resolve traumatic experiences, phobias, and other emotional challenges. This modality can provide rapid and effective relief from symptoms.

 

  • Art Therapy: Alessandra incorporates art therapy into her therapeutic approach. By utilizing various art techniques, she helps clients tap into their creativity, express themselves, and gain deeper insights into their experiences. Art therapy promotes healing, self-discovery, and personal growth.

 

  • Client-Centered Therapy: Alessandra's therapeutic approach is rooted in client-centered therapy. She creates a compassionate and non-judgmental space where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take an active role in their healing journey. Alessandra focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance and tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual.

"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.

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