The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which
means never losing your enthusiasm
- Aldous Huxley
In-person (South Location), Telehealth
Adults, Teens, Youth
Offers in-person sessions at our south location
LMSW Student, Supervised by Margot Goralzcyk
Alicia is a clinical social work intern (supervised by Margot Goralczyk, LCSW). She holds a BA from Rice University and will be graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington this fall with a Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and substance misuse. Alicia has experience working with adolescents and adults and has completed an internship working with older adults and their caregivers. She is knowledgeable in the treatment of a wide variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship issues, parenting, and disordered eating. Alicia is a musician and martial arts instructor and teaches trauma-informed self-defense classes.
In her free time, Alicia loves to spend time with her family, friends, and two dachshunds. She enjoys live music, camping, cooking, knitting, and reading cheesy novels.
Gifted and Talented Individuals
Private Pay / Self Pay
Seeking therapy is an empowering decision that takes courage and commitment. I want you to know that you are not alone on this journey. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can learn to navigate the challenges life brings. I believe in an integrated approach to therapy because every individual is unique and deserves personalized care. We will work together to explore how you can use your inherent strengths to discover the underlying causes of your difficulties, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and foster positive change in your life.
How I Work
I am here to be your advocate and supporter. My goal is to provide you with a comfortable space in which you feel safe to express your thoughts and feelings without any fear of rejection or judgment. Together, we will build a great working relationship so we can explore your unique path to healing. I like to balance deep compassionate work with lighthearted exploration. Your concerns and goals are important to you and are therefore important to me. We will explore your challenges and obstacles and find solutions that align with your values and priorities.
My approach is different for each individual, but I pull from many modalities including Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Brief Treatment therapy. We will use talk therapy and mindfulness and may explore the use of journaling, art, music, and meditation. I am honored to help you learn more about yourself and help you reach your therapy goals.
I believe in an integrated approach to therapy because every individual is unique and deserves personalized care. We will work together to explore how you can use your inherent strengths to discover the underlying causes of your difficulties, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and foster positive
change in your life.
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I have always had a passion for guiding and helping people. As a musician, teacher, and parent of two children, I saw a serious need in my community for more mental health care specialists and decided to become a part of the solution.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I would love to teach everyone how to soothe their inner conflicts. Most of us are carrying a lot of pain. When we learn to practice self-love and compassion, we free ourselves to build meaningful relationships and realize our dreams.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
I have had the privilege of being counseled by some really smart and compassionate therapists who helped me heal past wounds and embark on new adventures in my life. Therapy has given me the tools I need to be my most authentic self, and help others overcome the challenges they are facing.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. This book opened my eyes to the idea that striving for perfection might be the very thing that is holding us back from meaningful growth.
Who is your ideal client?
I am lucky in that I genuinely like working with just about everyone, but I have a special connection with parents, young adults, adolescents, and people who are identified as gifted and talented.
What inspires you to help others?
Some really amazing people helped me through the inevitable difficulties life can bring. I want to pay their support forward by helping others become their best authentic selves.
How do you personally practice self-care?
When I need to quiet my mind, I knit, read, and listen to music. I also find that nurturing my playful and adventurous side helps restore my energy. I do this through hiking and camping, playing the piano and cello, and practicing and teaching martial arts.
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?
My father was a really cool person and a fantastic dinner party guest. I would invite him and my two adult children so they could meet the grandfather they never knew.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
Mindfulness practice has so many benefits for physical and mental health. I teach mindfulness strategies like meditation and breath work to empower clients to manage the challenges they are facing and to help them connect with themselves in a loving, compassionate, and non-judgmental way.