Hi and welcome! I'm Alex. I offer individual therapy for adolescents and adults. I know life feels stressful right now and I'd love to help.
Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD
My therapeutic style is integrative, meaning I pull from different modalities depending on what is needed and desired by my clients (including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, narrative therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy). How we choose to structure our work may also depend on if we're doing short or longer-term work together, and this will depend on the nature of your concerns and needs, and how they progress over time.
I believe strongly that the therapeutic alliance we build together informs much of the work we do as therapist and client. I commit to using my warmth, sense of humor, compassion and empathy to build strong rapport with my clients, and find that the unique nature of the alliance we build can be truly healing in and of itself-especially for those with histories of trauma, relational and otherwise.
Exploring body image issues, and their connection to our sense of self-worth, is a critical cornerstone of eating disorder recovery (although even those without eating disorders can benefit from this exploration, too!). Unpacking the toxic messaging we receive from diet culture, caregivers and others-along with unpacking what systems of power and oppression help create and perpetuate this toxic messaging-can be healing and powerful work. Your body is not the problem—it never was.
I have 10 years of experience in working with anxiety and clinical perfectionism (and identify as a recovering perfectionist myself!). While some anxiety is unavoidable and even healthy, when anxious feelings and self-critical thought patterns begin to take over your life and color all of your experiences, it's time for some support. Together we'll work on developing coping skills to manage anxiety, increase self-compassion, and reframe self-critical thought patterns that hold us back.
My Health at Every Size approach to eating disorders means I never recommend weight loss or diets (which typically only lead to diet-related trauma and weight cycling, both of which science shows are more harmful than being in a larger body in the first place). My goal is to help you reduce the frequency of disordered behaviors, increase your arsenal of coping tools with which to manage tough feelings, dismantle body-based shame, and help you find more freedom and peace with food and movement.