Alessandra Rizzotti is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with personality disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, complex trauma and grief. She is an Academy of Cognitive Therapy CBT certified, DMH DBT Certified, and EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist who treats adults of all ages, children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years old, as well as parents and couples. Alessandra takes a validating, empathic, client centered approach to therapy, and strives for all her patients to achieve their goals and create a life they deem as worth living.
Prior to joining SoCal DBT, Alessandra was employed as a clinical social worker at UCLA Behavioral Health Associates and as a psychiatric social worker at the Department of Mental Health American Indian Counseling Center. In these arenas, Alessandra worked one on one with underserved communities, and often with chronically ill, high crisis patients, while also offering grief groups and DBT informed skills groups.
Alessandra completed her bachelor’s degree at University of Southern California, majoring in film production, and graduated from California State University at Northridge with a Master of Social Work, where she was also honored as a Golden Key Scholar and a Clinton Global Initiative University Fellow. After graduating from her master’s program, Alessandra went on to train at Our House Grief Support Center, where she conducted multiple children’s grief groups, intake assessments and assisted in research data collection. She then went on to complete her pre licensure hours at Harbor UCLA, where she was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds, providing evidence-based treatments such as DBT and CBT while also training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for working with trauma.
Alessandra is allied with the LGBTQIA+ community and has provided suicide prevention and crisis intervention support at The Trevor Project (2015-18), the only national accredited organization in suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQIA youth. She loves supporting people on their journeys towards self-actualization and wellness, and finds meaning in working with many populations other therapists deem challenging.