Alexandra (Ali) Poling,LCSW

Alexandra (Ali) Poling,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 79809
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

45 minute session (standard): $150
60 minute session: $190
Intake (initial) session: $190
Free Initial Phone Consultation


Carlsbad, California 92008

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My Approach to Helping

Perhaps you are dealing with painful events outside of your control, your emotions are becoming unmanageable, or you are experiencing a new symptom that is sudden and overwhelming. It is very human to want to "feel normal" when dealing with these, but sometimes how we attempt to do this hurts us more. This could include the different ways we avoid our emotions, attempt to “be perfect" or negatively judge ourselves.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and techniques from Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT,) I will help you identify and change (as needed) ways of thinking and behaving that are impacting your mental health. My approach includes teaching coping skills that will target symptoms and addressing the triggers and any unresolved or painful emotions that may be impacting you.

My style is warm and empathic, yet direct and to the point and my goal is to give you symptom relief with use of coping skills and to help you to understand your triggers and warning signs so that you feel empowered to take on future challenges as they come.

I have 10+ years of experience and training using this approach to treat anxiety, panic, grief, PTSD and depression and the underlying issues that contribute to these such as trauma, loss, anger or unresolved relationship conflict.

More Info About My Practice

I work with adults 18+ and I offer both in-person sessions in Carlsbad, CA (my office pictured below) and telehealth sessions throughout CA.

Sessions are held Monday-Thursday, ranging from early morning to early afternoon.

Please contact me for my current openings, to schedule a free phone consultation or for any questions about my practice.

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I typically work with caregivers, parents, college or graduate students and busy professionals including therapists or those in the medical field.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Criticism
  • Shame
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

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