Alice Mills Mai
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for evening and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Race and cultural identity
Gender identity & transgender health
Alice Mills Mai is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Wove Therapy in KTown, Manhattan who specializes in intersectionality, race-related challenges, trauma, incarceration, and working with members of the LGBTQIA community, especially transgender women of color.
Alice has extensive experience helping individuals look at the intersectionality of race, religion, and gender. She also helps individuals through the process of transitioning, including discussing what the changes would mean for them and others in their family; what if their family does not accept them; what does acceptance look like. In addition, she has experience with domestic violence, institutional trauma, and trauma related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or depression. She not only looks at trauma at the individual level but also within communities, including those who are incarcerated or are navigating the legal justice system or immigration.
Alice works predominately from a trauma-informed, relational, and interpersonal orientation. She is constantly thinking about how she can use her power as a therapist to better the relationship and collaborate with her clients. She also reminds her clients that they have choices in the therapist-client relationship and how they want it to look. She also helps her clients improve their relationships in addition to looking at how race, gender, and religion impacts their life. Alice will incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when appropriate to give her clients concrete skills, like overcoming negative self-talk, and explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She starts off with building safety and trust and has found that this helps individuals with a history of trauma feel more prepared to speak about their experience(s). If she finds that a client is feeling overwhelmed, she will step in and have them do a breathing exercise or a grounding exercise to slow things down.
Alice believes everyone deserves to live their most authentic life and feel accepted and safe. She is there to support her clients as they embark on a journey towards healing and empowerment. She looks forward to meeting you at her office located in KTown near Herald Square.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Gender identity & transgender health – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Existential crisis – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Alice is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100-$150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Alice can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“As a counselor, I approach counseling/therapy from a feminist, relational and multicultural lens. I believe in creating spaces that supports the humanity and celebrates the stories of everyone.”
Treatment approachesHolistic TherapyHolistic therapy views the mind, body, and spirit as interdependent components of the whole-person. With the help of a holistic therapist, clients develop increased awareness and acceptance of the whole self, promoting balance and well-being. (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.
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)
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.
Education and work experience