About Alex

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

How I Became a Therapist

My path to helping couples and families began with wanting to become a child psychologist.  Once I learned about family systems theory, I realized that a more effective way to help children was to help the emotional environment in which they live.


I realized that helping children's parents would be the best way I could help improve children's lives.


I then attended an intense graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. We videotaped all of our appointments, 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 to reduce conflict and improve connection. 


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 are cautioned against 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 like going to 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 and enjoyment of life. Finally, as a sole practitioner, the gym is my main source of conversation and socialization!


  • 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.  


  • 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 actually a result of having years' worth of conversations with people who are struggling or suffering.  Their struggles, successes, realizations and result inform my feedback more than my own experiences ever could.