Alexmi Polanco, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Let me start by saying, I am an intuitive psychotherapist and energy healing practitioner in New York. I was born and raised in Washington Heights; a predominantly Latinx and Hispanic community in New York City. I am the daughter of two Dominican immigrant parents and the eldest of six, making me first-generation. Growing up, my father was deported to the Dominican Republic and my mother was left to become a single parent and provider.
As a result of my parents role changing, I was then placed in the matriarch role. I was parentified and often found myself struggling to tend to my own needs and put myself first because I had the needs of my siblings to look after. This lack of boundary setting with self and therefore others, led to a time in which I began to feel disconnected from myself-on a deep spiritual level.
It wasn't until I entered college, and had my first-ever experience with therapy that I learned what trauma was and realized that some of my childhood experiences had a lasting impact on me. Through therapy and the development of my spiritual journey, I began to acknowledge, understand and shed the layers that I had been wearing as a result of my experiences. As I began to heal, I began to feel more in alignment with my true self. It is no wonder, I am now helping others, find themselves.
Along with my clinical and professional training, it was important for me to acknowledge the metaphysical abilities that I had been gifted by my lineage. Recognizing that I come from a long lineage of intuitive spiritual workers + healers, it felt inauthentic to provide this service without integrating a special part of who I am.
Through my gifts, I am able to receive visions, messages and information from the spiritual realm that allows me to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences. I have come to understand that my purpose has always been to help others connect to their spiritual roots & find their light as well.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
New York License # 009976
Long Island University
MS degree Mental Health Counseling
College of Mount Saint Vincent
BS degree Psychology, Minor Sociology
I have worked in numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York City. I have experience with clients of all ages and backgrounds, who come from marginalized and underserved communities. I have been part of multidisciplinary teams and have connected clients to external services, addressed their mental health needs and provided community support.
Complicated Grief Treatment:
A highly effective treatment approach for individuals who are struggling with intense grief that continues to dominate their life and therefore makes the future seem empty.
Positive Parenting Program:
A parenting intervention that increases parent skills, knowledge and confidence and helps decrease the prevalence of mental health, emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents.
A play and behavioral approach to working with children and families that are affected by Autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Reiki Energy Healing:
An ancient Japanese practice that channels universal life force energy into the client's body. This activates the client's subtle energy systems (chakras) which removes blocks and aids the body in healing itself.