Community Engagement Specialist
Sometimes, people get stuck in patterns that negatively impact their relationships. In a non-judgmental, compassionate, safe, culturally- sensitive environment, I will work with you to clarify what you want to change, promote personal growth, and help you create new life-affirming patterns.”
Alina specializes in relationship issues and sexuality. She is deeply experienced in working with life transitions, parenting issues, LGBTQ issues, domestic abuse, anxiety, and self-esteem.
Alina focuses on a collaborative, person-centered approach. She believes that therapy is a partnership and enjoys walking with people on their path to self-exploration.
- Couples Therapy
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy
- Internal Family Systems
- Cognitive-Behavioral Theory
Alina has experience providing individual therapy, couples/group psychotherapy, and psycho-education services to children, adolescents and adults. She has over 15 years experience working in the fields of chemical dependency, domestic violence, school-based mental health, and sexual trauma.
She has also been featured on podcasts including “The Hormone Lifestyle Zone,” talking about sex and intimacy in relationships.
Other Skills and Experiences
Alina lectured at The Catholic University of America School of Social Service for nine years.
Alina received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts.
She will support you in discovering your strengths and work with you to formulate and achieve your goals to heal from emotional pain.
For more information, to schedule an appointment, or to contact Alina directly, she can be reached via email.
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.