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Alicia Conte, LICSW, LCSW
WA License #SWI.LW.61481949
“Fire can warm or consume, water can quench or drown, wind can caress or cut. And so it is with human relationships: we can both create and destroy, nurture and terrorize, traumatize and heal each other.”
-Dr. Bruce Perry
Normal Working Hours
Training & Certifications
Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology
Master of Social Work - Children, Youth & Families
Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship
EMDRIA Level 1 & 2
Circle of Security International
More About Alicia
Rooted in an understanding that all of us are whole, I believe that issues of anxiety, depression, isolation and mood dysregulation often stem from some kind of relational disconnect. These disconnections can be from ourselves, one another, community or environment. I utilize a psychodynamic approach, informed by an understanding that harm occurs in relationship, and thus repair and recovery are relational pursuits. The therapeutic relationship is critical to growth and change, and my style in session is warm, curious, and collaborative.
My approach to therapy is strengths-based and identity centered. Through working with youth for over a decade, I have witnessed their inherent capacity to locate their own needs, but that healing often gets derailed by environmental factors that act upon us (i.e. racism, sexism, transphobia, bullying). Grounded in anti-oppressive values, my practice includes addressing both internal and external stressors that impact mental health. I use an integrated approach, meaning I’ll draw from evidence-based practice in combination with acknowledging your inherent wisdom that comes from your own lived experience and cultural context.
I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ and gender-expansive youth. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and parents in addressing anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and grief and loss. I am bilingual and dedicated to providing services to families in English and Spanish. Therapeutic interventions I draw from include but are not limited to: Family Systems Therapy, Circle of Security parenting training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skill-building, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), art therapy, and nervous system regulation.
I am passionate about working with adolescents, and have been working with teens from diverse backgrounds in a variety of mental health contexts including outpatient clinics, public schools, therapeutic schools, and in-home settings. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington and Connecticut. After receiving my MSW from Arizona State University, I pursued an Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, where I gained specialized training in family therapy working with children and adolescents with acute psychiatric needs.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing soccer, exploring the city with my little corgi Roma, and curling up with a good book of poetry and a strong cup of coffee.