Alex Ngo is a Licensed Social Worker at IntraSpectrum Counseling. In their work, Alex collaborates with clients to harness their inner potential and strengths to facilitate healing and growth. Alex uses the therapeutic relationship they nurture with clients as the vehicle for change, understanding, and transformation. Alex is trained in psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma recovery. Their approach to therapy is also rooted in harm reduction, trauma-informed care, queer (of color) theory, mindfulness, and sexual, racial, and gender identity development. Along with their formal training, their authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability are their greatest clinical tools.
Alex’s passion for social work and the health and well-being of the LGBTQ communities is rooted in their experiences as a (gender)queer femme of color who grew up with cash-poor, Asian American immigrant parents. They are keenly attuned to the ways our holistic well-being is inextricably tied to the effects of power, privilege, and oppression in our daily lives and mental health. They are especially passionate about working with queer and trans people, people of color, victims and survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence, young adults and adolescents, and their intersections. Alex is also a kink and poly-aware therapist. Ultimately, Alex is dedicated to working with others as they heal, unlearn shame and internalized oppression, create new meanings, and begin the journey towards radical self-love.
Prior to joining IntraSpectrum, Alex completed internships with the Broadway Youth Center and Center on Halsted. They studied Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and Communication Studies with minors in Community Action and Social Change and LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies at the University of Michigan. When they’re not at IntraSpectrum, Alex works as a community educator to provide workshops on a variety of topics, including: trauma-informed care, positive youth development, racial justice, intersectionality, trans and gender nonconforming affirmative practice, and sexual violence prevention and advocacy. Most recently, they facilitated workshops for parents of trans and gender nonconforming youth at Lurie Children’s Hospital. They also write poetry and love exploring healing through movement and the creative arts.