Alex is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. Alex earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePauw University and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and is trained in, among others, third wave behavioral approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Read Alex’s full bio here.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a psychotherapist?
Whether it be with myself or with others, I always feel most alive when I am making connections… and in being a psychotherapist, there is no shortage of that! I also really love to learn, and in this field, you never really stop being a student to the human condition.
As a psychotherapist, what part of your job is most satisfying?
Helping a client make a breakthrough that he/she/they didn’t think was possible for them. When I witness that transition, I vicariously feel that pride and emotional release, too.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
I am very much so myself with my clients! I take a very “human” approach into exploring what they’re struggling with, and together, we find answers. I may be an expert in human emotion, thought and behavior, but my clients are the experts on their lives. I follow their lead on where they want to go, how quickly, and in what capacity.
Why do you believe that psychotherapy can help?
Some things need to be solved alone, but in my mind, those things are far and few between. We all have a need for connection, and in therapy, connections are safe and promote growth and healing. If we’re in pain, we need to move through it by connecting safely to someone who has devoted their energy to helping heal. That’s therapy.
What are some of your specialties and what drew you to them?
I specialize in the spectrum of anxiety disorders, trauma and relational/attachment issues. I kept finding that these issues popped up with each of my clients in some way shape or form, and felt drawn toward learning more about them.
What is one thing about psychotherapy you wish everyone knew?
I think that clients and therapists at times can feel this insurmountable pressure to make a connection. Sometimes, it’s just not a good fit….and that is OKAY. There’s no shame in speaking up, and either working through it together, or, finding a new therapist that will feel better for what you’re needing.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“You are the only person you need to be good enough for.”
What are your favorite self-care activities?
I love going on long walks while listening to a good podcast or audio book, cooking, spending time with loved ones, journaling, and last but not least… reality television.