My name is Allegra Negro, and my pronouns are she/they. My approach to therapy is trauma-informed and patient-centered, meaning that the space I create with each patient is going to look a little different depending on what you need/want. As someone within the medical industrial complex, I make it my goal to provide a more positive therapeutic experience for those who may be afraid to seek treatment and help.
To seek care can be intimidating, frightening, and for some, re-traumatizing, so it is vital that I try to create a safe, validating space where we can explore any topic: mental illness, trauma, family, relationships, power dynamics, race, gender, sexuality, internalized systems of oppression, etc. Overall, the approach I take is designed to help you to better understand and connect your mind and body. This sometimes looks like using somatic experiencing and taking a bottoms-up approach, in which we better understand how our bodies and minds react to triggers, and learn how to soothe and comfort ourselves, whether through self-regulation or co-regulation.
I have experience working with survivors of sexual trauma, those with childhood trauma, and those who have experienced these forms of loss: physical, emotional, and relational. I also work with attachment, depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, C-PTSD and PTSD, LGBTQ+ identities, and couples. I earned my bachelor’s at Sarah Lawrence College, where I studied substance use disorders, childhood development, and childhood and adult-onset trauma. I received my Masters in Mental Health Wellness with an advanced certificate in LGBTQ+ health, education and social services from New York University.