Alejandra Gutierrez, LCSW

Austin Michalak, lCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Life will never ask for your permission to throw curve balls and obstacles your way. With effective tools and strategies, you can feel confident to take on life’s challenges. My primary focus as your provider is to assist and guide you through the journey of healing. I make it a priority to align my treatment approach to your specific needs. I allow my patients to lead the sessions while providing support, evidence based interventions, validation and insight along the way.

 

My mission is to support you with achieving your goals in a safe and inviting clinical setting. Taking the first step can certainly be difficult. Simply thinking about change can be overwhelming and intimidating. Through collaboration, we will develop a treatment plan that will be centered around growth and healing. I look forward to working with you! 

 

 

Professional Credentials

Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Strengths Based
  • Solution Focused
  • Harm reduction and Crisis Intervention
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

education & Licensure

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology
  • Master’s of Science in Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Experience

  • I have several years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, trauma related disorders and substance use disorders.
  • I have extensive experience assisting individuals with life transitions, daily stress, adjusting to change, relationship dynamics and achieving a healthy life balance by following the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. 

  • I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with a focus on helping patients develop healthy coping skills to manage daily stressors.

Mission and Values

Wellness

We believe in holistic wellness. Oftentimes your distress presents across a range of wellness dimension. You will be contextualized within the scope of your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. 

Inclusivity

We value diversity and inclusivity and practice body positivity. This is a space to dismantle structures of oppression, dismiss shame, and embrace your power. We work to interact in a way that informs the many aspects of your cultural identity. You will be viewed accurately within the context of societal forces which influence your experience. 

Healing

We know that many difficulties stem from old wounds. Past hurts that have never been addressed. We work from a lense of healing. We want to understand how you’ve arrived here and all the significant moments that my have contributed to what is happening in your life. Often, the wounding begins very early in life. We will help you process those past hurts and encourage you to be present in the here and now to begin taking charge of your life. The story you tell yourself about who you are is one of the most important aspects of healing.