“You are the expert of your life narrative.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I think this is always a difficult question to answer, as there are so many meaningful and challenging experiences that have led me to this incredibly fulfilling career. By nature, I’m a very compassionate and curious person who really enjoys helping and understanding others. I’ve also had a strong passion for science: understanding how things work as well as what happens when things go wrong. Perhaps, this is why I chose to combine these two passions by applying to medical school with the intention of practicing psychiatry. I felt drawn to the original definition of psychiatry, which refers to healing of the mind/soul. This idea has stuck with me and makes my work so much more meaningful. While understanding the way the body works is an invaluable tool, one cannot truly heal without taking into account what it means to be human. Through my experiences, I’ve gained a passion for focusing on a person as a whole complex being impacted by health, culture, family, systemic stressors, and identity rather than merely a checklist of symptoms.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I’m a warm, compassionate, calming, and empathic person who takes a very client-centered approach to treatment. I believe that you are the expert of the self. I’m here to support and help you develop a deeper understanding and compassion for this self. At times, this can be difficult given there are so many external and internal pressures/ judgments one faces on a daily basis. I hope to create a safe and empathic space where you can find solace, a place you can truly heal.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of providers ranging from social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, art/music therapists throughout my training and practice. I have found that it to be an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience which has broadened my understanding and ability to do meaningful work. I think it’s essential to have a broad range of expertise, training, and practice modalities available to fulfill the needs of a unique and diverse clientele.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
There is such a wide array of circumstances and experiences that leads an individual to consider therapy as a means to resolve life’s inevitable hardships. At times, making that call can be the most challenging and anxiety provoking step given that this is something new and unknown. It’s okay to feel this way. It’s okay to feel any way! This is the beauty of treatment. As with any inter/intra - personal relationship, it takes time to feel comfortable and allow yourself to grow.
What do you think is the most important therapeutic intervention?
I’ve worked across a broad range of disciplines (consultation, child, adult, addiction) and settings (inpatient, outpatient, state psychiatric hospital, college campus). I’ve utilized varying treatment modalities (psychodynamic therapy, CBT, Family Therapy, medication management) while treating clients from a diverse socioeconomic and cultural background. Among all of these experiences, I have found that a strong therapeutic bond allows for the greatest and most meaningful changes to occur.
“Together, we can create a safe, supportive, and empathetic space where you will
gain the ability to uncover and find compassion for your true self.”
Alexandra practices at Alma