Alina Mikolaitis, LCSW
Licensed Psychotherapist Hermosa Beach
Psychotherapy ~ Adults, Families, and Couples
Alina is clinically trained in evidence-based practices to provide a full spectrum of mental health care services and has extensive experience working in the field of psychology and social work since 2004. She believes in “meeting clients where they are at” during a particular moment in life in which clients need compassionate support and a safe place to share feelings and or thoughts regarding issues affecting their current state of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. My goal is to form organic therapeutic relationships with clients through active listening, mindfulness, strength-based and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in order to empower clients to reach their treatment goals and gain coping mechanisms for maintaining a fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Long Beach and Greater Los Angeles)
Senior Social Worker
Administrative Program Coordinator for Social Work Services, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, Certified Mentor and Team Lead. Provided direct support to Social Work Chief and Supervisors, monitored for quality assurance, trained new social work staff, planned and developed procedures and guidelines, provided clinical constructive feedback to Supervisors and Case Managers. Provided clinical case management, substance abuse treatment, transitional housing, and crisis intervention techniques for homeless Veterans and their families to achieve their established treatment goals. The Veterans treated had an array of mental health problems including Serious Mental Illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Physical Disability. Provided individual psychotherapy, social skills and healthy living group therapy for Veterans utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.
The Bridge, Inc.
Case Manager Intern
Provided Evidence-Based Practice interventions for adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse in an outpatient community clinic. Specialized in Integrated Dual-Disorder Treatment, Wellness Management and Recovery, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Provided case management, psycho-education, support services, crisis intervention, and individual therapy. Facilitated Mental Illness and Chemical Abuse Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups, co-led Creative Arts Therapies groups.
Bellevue Hospital Center
Psychiatric Social Worker Intern
Provided Integrated Dual-Disorder Treatment to help stabilize adult patients with co-occurring disorders in the inpatient psychiatry unit, psycho-education for patients and their families, and individual supportive counseling.
Harlem Renaissance High School
School Social Worker Intern
Advocated on behalf of at-risk adolescents in a transfer-alternative high school. Provided individual counseling sessions, academic support, and educational goals for students. Facilitated FOCUS groups and co-led Women’s Club with creative lesson plans and topics relating to adolescent issues.
Autism Spectrum Therapies
Provided Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy to schools and families of children with Autism. Developed individual educational goals and home programs to increase positive behaviors. Focused on early intervention to build functional communication, social and play skills. Worked as an individual teaching assistant directly with Autistic child in a special education classroom. Consulted with parents and teachers to ensure the child’s program is implemented sufficiently.
Patient Services Coordinator, Administrative Analyst
Coordinated patient care services for UCLA Hematology-Oncology outpatient practices. Served as the initial point of contact and triaged cancer patients to the most appropriate clinic or service. Analyzed information, problems, situations, practices and procedures for solutions.
Advanz Medical Social Services
Medical Social Worker
Provided medical social services to medically ill, disabled, and geriatric patients. Conducted in home healthcare services with supportive, emotional, and psychological counseling. Developed treatment and aftercare plans. Educated, instructed, and referred patients to available community resources, followed up with home visits and phone calls to ensure stability.
New York University
Master of Social Work
University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #92513
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Evidenced-Based Project Award Certification
New York State of Office of Mental Health Deans of Social Work Consortium
Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentor (Fellow Level)