About Alex

Education

University of Maryland - MS, Family Studies

     Master's Thesis


Tufts University - BA, Child Development

      Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

      Summa Cum Laude


Mercersburg Academy

      Cum Laude Society



How I Became a Therapist

I was a junior at Tufts University when I took a class on Family Therapy Models. At the time, I was on a path to becoming a child psychologist.  Once I learned about family systems theory, I knew that the best way to help children was to help their whole family, starting with the most important people in their lives--their parents.  


I attended an intense graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. We videotaped all of our sessions, which we would then show to supervisors.  Their feedback at times was very tough to take, but 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. 


After graduate school, I worked with child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.  I started my practice specializing in couples therapy in 2007.


In 2013, I built a home that could house my therapy office in the lower level. My hope is that this environment is welcoming and comfortable.

About Alex Personally

Many people are curious about their therapists, but therapists are taught about the importance of professional boundaries and not revealing personal information.


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 am a wife and a mother.  And yet my personal experience in these roles is pretty irrelevant to the therapy I provide. I help couples identify their hopes for their specific relationship.  I don't assume that what works in my marriage and family will work in yours, so you will never hear me referencing my own relationships.
  • I like exercise.  I know, I know, it's strange, right? But I enjoy the process of trying to find my edge physically, and I've found that being active is key to my own life balance and happiness.
  • I love to laugh. Being a therapist is extremely rewarding, and it's also emotionally taxing.  I balance out the seriousness of my professional life by seeking out humor, laughter and generalized silliness at every opportunity.