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  • Alicia Muñoz, MA, LPC

    INDIVIDUAL AND COUPLE PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Welcome

Alicia Muñoz graduated with her Masters Degree in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University. She is a Virginia, New Jersey and New York Licensed Professional Counselor. In 2010, she completed her training in Imago Couples therapy and has received extensive training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). She has been treating individuals and couples, and helping people improve their relationships, for over nine years. Prior to opening her private practice, she provided individual, couple and group therapy at Bellevue Hospital Center’s WTC EHC Mental Health Program in New York City.
 
Her approach centers on helping clients access their innate strength and resilience while decreasing self-sabotaging behaviors in their relationships. By becoming more aware of outdated survival strategies, learning practical and effective communication tools, and tuning in to untapped inner resources, clients explore and understand emotional challenges in a safe, supportive environment. This collaboration can help clients unlock their potential individually and as a couple, finding healing and enjoying life more fully.
 
Alicia is a member of the AEDP Institute, the American Counselors Association, and IRI and MAIT.
 
 

 

What People Say


  • Alicia helped my wife and me talk through two extremely challenging periods in our marriage. While meaningful conversations were difficult six days per week, we both looked forward to communicating with Alicia's help on the seventh day. She was sincere, insightful, and pleasant to spend time with. When we started our sessions, her demeanor put us both at ease, making it easier to talk. Each day when we finished, there was a sense of progress. Both of us would comment on her incredible ability to understand each of us better than anyone else. We highly recommend Alicia for anyone in need of couples therapy.

    Fred S
  • After two incredible sessions with Alicia, we discovered many unconscious behaviors about ourselves. She gave us the compass to enhance our communication and strengthen our bond. Very refreshing. We cannot say thank you enough.

    Arys and Allison
  • Alicia has an extraordinary gift for holding sacred space for each individual’s process while simultaneously supporting the couple as a whole. She brings such compassion, warmth, integrity, and gentleness to each moment which allows the miracles of connection to emerge. Her ability to focus, listen, and create safety is exceptional. My husband and I are better people for knowing and working with Alicia. I wish every couple could experience her magic. The world would be a more peaceful and beautiful place.

    Rosalie M
  • Alicia’s passion for helping others improve their relationships and quality of life is apparent with every couple and individual client she works with. 
    Clarena L. McBeth, LMHC, LPC, CASAC Private Practice, Greenwich CT
  • Alicia is a consummate professional. She is dependable, detail oriented and always committed to her clients. She is an incredible asset on every project she works on and wonderful to work with. Alicia is a highly capable individual, and her dedication to her work makes her an essential person on any team.
    Tamara Smith, Assistant Director, Bellevue Hospital, WTC Environmental Health Center

Services

Anxiety/Stress
Our brains are wired to be on the lookout for danger, which has given us a survival advantage as a species. In today’s complex, modern world, however, this “negative bias” often works against us. Our internal alarm systems go off too often and we live our lives fearfully, sacrificing aliveness to an illusion of control. Emotional awareness, cognitive behavioral therapy, guided visualizations, and mindfulness techniques can help you turn the “alarm” off, relax, and reconnect with your own joyful aliveness and energy.
Assertiveness Skills
Through identifying feelings and triggers and exploring family of origin dynamics that influenced how you learned to express yourself and get your needs met, you will improve how you communicate to safeguard rather than sabotage your well-being, increasing your chances of being heard by others. You will also learn the importance of listening to your own intuition when it comes to setting boundaries with those who challenge you.
Couple Psychotherapy
Couple sessions follow the Imago Relationship Therapy model though Alicia draws from AEDP, John Gottman’s work, and a variety of other models. Through structured dialogues, couples learn to self-soothe in the midst of reactivity, an essential part of creating relational safety and lowering defenses. Alicia assists each member of the couple in learning to listen deeply and speak authentically. Gradually, enough space is created for each partner to see more of the others’ true self and learn to effectively adapt to the unique and changing needs of their marriage. Not only do couples develop the skills needed to stay connected and repair, they utilize boundaries where appropriate to cultivate a healthy sense of separateness.
Desire Issues / Sexuality
Desire is one the most powerful motivators in our lives. Being able to contact, cultivate, nuture, explore and express our desires is inextricably linked to our sense of purpose, fulfillment and personal well-being. Connecting to our sense of ourselves as vibrant, sensual, sexual and erotic beings in a way that fosters our life force can help us shift and evolve. Whether in individual or couples therapy, I help you foster one of the most important relationships in your life: your relationship to your own desire.
Grief and Loss
By identifying and processing grief and experiencing previously avoided feelings safely in a contained and supportive environment, it becomes possible for clients to “move on” while honoring losses, to make space for gratitude and connection, and to open to new opportunities.
Individual Psychotherapy
In individual psychotherapy, Alicia uses a combination of AEDP, psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, Gestalt, and Focusing techniques to increase awareness and work toward healing and change. Whether the main issue is a breakup, marital problems, an emotional or sexual affair, repetitive conflicts in a couple, depression, anxiety, grieving, relationship problems, or obsessive compulsive thinking and behaviors, her approach centers on helping you contact and process previously threatening emotional experiences in a safe environment, which in turn frees up inner resources for growth and change.