Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Appointments are on-demand and by appointment.
Specialties & expertise
- Generalized anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Work and career stress
Dr. Alexandra Kenna is a psychologist in Winchester, MA specializing in anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Kenna also has expertise in work and career challenges, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. Having trained at a college counseling center, she has abundant experience in helping students and young professionals navigate career transitions and manage career stress. Drawing on her extensive experiences as a psychologist at the VA, Dr. Kenna also has a marked expertise in helping individuals recover from trauma.
Dr. Kenna specializes in career and workplace challenges, supporting clients as they discover their professional identity and search for meaningful work. She helps clients identify their unique strengths, build self-confidence, and take proactive steps towards their career goals, whether that is starting a first job, seeking promotions, shifting fields, or returning to the workplace after being away for any duration of time.
Dr. Kenna utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and takes a trauma-informed approach to therapy. She also incorporates psychoeducation, engaging each client as an active partner in determining treatment goals and offering warm, supportive guidance along the way.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Work and career issues – Navigating work-life balance and challenges related to unemployment, taking parental leave, transitioning career fields, and finding meaning and purpose in work
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Dr. Kenna is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Kenna can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Finding the right therapist can be challenging. My goal is to offer you the opportunity to ask questions and find out what it would be like to work with me so that you feel comfortable and assured. My work with clients is direct and straight forward and my approach is collaborative and focused on making manageable changes toward improved life satisfaction. My style is warm, accessible and tailored to your individual needs and goals."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive processing therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that seeks to challenge and modify individuals' beliefs related to trauma. It helps individuals identify upsetting thoughts and empowers them with skills to address their thoughts in a healthier way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
VA Boston Healthcare, 2008 - Present
Career Counselor, 2001 - 2003
Boston College, PhD, 2008
Boston College, MA in Counseling Psychology, 2001
Georgetown University, BS, 1996