About Alex

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Education

University of Maryland - MS, Family Studies

Master's Thesis: An Examination of a Typology of Intimate Partner Psychological Aggression Using the Multi-Dimensional Emotional Abuse Scale (MDEAS)


Tufts University - BA, Child Development

      Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

      Summa Cum Laude


Mercersburg Academy

      Cum Laude Society

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How I Became a Therapist

My work with couples and families started with a desire to help children. While I was on a path to becoming a child psychologist, I soon realized that the most effective way to help children was to improve the emotional environment in which they live. Helping their parents stay connected, loving and stable seem like the way I could most effectively improve children's lives.


I then attended an intense graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. This program included live and videotaped supervision.  While their feedback at times was very tough to take, it developed me as a therapist in a way nothing else could. I am so grateful for the quality of training I received.


During my graduate program, I participated in a research study examining couples' communication patterns and therapeutic interventions to reduce conflict and improve connection. The skills taught to couples in this study are frequently taught to my clients when communication concerns are primary.


After finishing graduate school, I worked with child survivors of sexual and physical abuse. 


I then started my practice specializing in couples therapy in 2007.


In 2013, I moved my therapy office into the lower level of my residence that was designed specifically for this purpose. My hope is that this environment is welcoming and comfortable. 

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About Alex Personally

Many people are curious about their therapists, but therapists are cautioned against revealing personal information.  Maintaining professional boundaries is important for the therapeutic relationship. 


Here are some things I can share that I don't think will negatively affect boundaries and may even be helpful for you to know as we work together:


  • I like hitting the gym.  I know, I know, it's strange, right? But I enjoy the process of physical goal-setting and achievement.  I've also found that being active is key to my own happiness. Finally, as a sole practitioner, the gym is my main source of conversation and socialization!


  • I love to laugh. Being a therapist is both extremely rewarding and emotionally taxing. I balance out the seriousness of my professional life by finding humor wherever I can and seeking out opportunities for laughter whenever possible. 


  • I am very curious, and so I know a little bit about a lot of things. While understanding human emotion and behavior is by far my favorite topic, I love to learn new things. I read a lot of articles and I watch a lot of documentaries. This means I'm known among friends for being able to have a "Did you know..." item for nearly every topic of conversation (sports is the one major exception). 


  • I don't assume that what works for me will work for you. There is a common misconception that therapists give you advice based on their own life experiences.  Any wisdom or insight I offer in therapy is a result of having years' worth of conversations with people who are struggling or suffering.  Their successes, strategies and realizations inform my feedback more than my own experiences ever could.