Alex Ochoa, LCSW
Do you feel like all hope is lost?
Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do in order to move forward after experiencing a life-changing experience. You want to be able to process through what you have experienced and be able to move forward.
Your experiences are different from others and you feel misunderstood. You want to be able to accept your differences and turn them into strengths.
Maybe the feeling of hopefulness and happiness has been difficult to achieve lately.
You want to feel strong, hopeful, and understood.
It could be that despite your attempts to work it out on your own or share your concerns with a loved you, you still feel out of control and isolated from others.
Have you experienced a life changing experience? Are you having trouble being able to stop thinking about it? Have you been feeling distressed, anxious, or depressed?
I am passionate about helping you find hope, strength, and a feeling of being understood at the same time as you learn and practice the tools to achieve the life you desire.
Together we will work on learning how to cope with these emotions and find/practice the necessary tools/skills that will help you increase your strengths and ability to cope with these emotions and achieve a more fulfilling life.
Areas of Focus
I have years of experience working with children and teens, adults, and families across different settings. My passion is helping you find hope, strength, and make positive changes in your life. I have expansive experience, but a few areas of focus include:
- Grief and Loss
- Multicultural Counseling
- Trauma Recovery
Through experience and training, I have accumulated knowledge and practice in multiple treatment methods and therapeutic techniques. Most often, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), strengths-based perspective, problem solving skills, and Motivational Interviewing, as well as Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).
I will keep your/your families’ needs, strengths, and environmental supports in mind to better tailor therapy to your needs. You will be encouraged to keep an open mind, voice your thoughts and emotions freely, and I will be a touch of warmth and humor while we work together to meet your goals.
A Bit About Me
Having to share yourself with others can be difficult. Let me start by sharing a bit about myself:
- Baking and cooking are two of my favorite things to do to relax. The kitchen has always been a place of comfort and sharing for my family since I was a little girl and I love sharing what I cook/bake with others!
- Running has been a passion of mine for many years! I first started running in an attempt to avoid riding the school bus, but I quickly came to love running and do it as often as I can!
- I have a miniature schnauzer named Charlie. He loves to cuddle and follows me everywhere when I am home.
Qualifications and Certifications
I speak Spanish fluently. I obtained my master’s in Social Work form Loyola University Chicago in 2013 and am currently licensed in Illinois and North Carolina. Additional highlights to my professional experience include:
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
- Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)