therapy for joy

Mental health counseling for children, teens, and young adults in Seattle

welcome!

Looking to work through life's challenges, transitions, and emotions? I work with young people who are finding their way.

mental health therapy

About me

Hi! I'm Alex. Clinical social worker by training, Teen Specialist by experience, and eternal optimist at heart.


Contact

I would love to hear from you!

*My practice is currently full. I expect to open a few time slots in the coming months. To be added to my waitlist please contact me.*

Due to the coronavirus, all services are held as telehealth appointments for the time-being.


FAQ

For information about location, fees, insurance, telehealth and more...


TESTIMONIALS

From some of my wonderful former clients!

Testimonials

Services


Individual therapy for young people aged 8-35

I believe we are all doing our best given our unique circumstances. Sometimes we just need a little support, and it is brave to ask for it. Whether you're looking for a nonjudgmental place to share your story and process emotions, or you want to work towards your goals of feeling more joy or less pain, I am here for you.

Managing emotions
Stress, anxiety, depression, suicidality. Together we can find a way through these struggles and into the life you want to live.

Healing from trauma
I find purpose in guiding someone through telling and retelling their story in a way that empowers them. We cannot change what happened, but we can heal from it and begin to thrive.

Identity exploration
Some of my favorite clients to partner with are those with a willingness to turn inward and explore, looking to be their most real and full selves. I celebrate all identities and provide counseling to transgender and LGBQA+ individuals and people from all backgrounds and intersections.

Navigating change
It can feel like we are constantly adjusting to life's changes. Moving from childhood to adolescence, from teen to adult, and young adulthood into real life adulting. Beginning again in a new city or country, taking a new job, and maneuvering through a relationship with a new partner. These transitions can bring about a lot of emotions and uncertainty. Let's take steps to move through this.

Teen issues
I provide a neutral, confidential place for teenagers to talk about the drama, to build skills, and to manage friendships, academics, and all that makes adolescence challenging. It can help to form a relationship with an adult outside the school and family system. I want you to feel set up for success.

Skills for symptoms
When managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, psychosis...It can help to have skills proven to manage symptoms when things get tough. I teach CBT and DBT skills along with recognizing your own skillset - I don't forget that you've been managing on your own for a while now, and you know what works best for you.

about me


I am a client-centered and strengths-based therapist, which means I see the best in you and aim to help you harness your own strengths and supports to reach your goals. I use an eclectic approach, so I tailor my method to the unique abilities, interests, and needs of each client. The one constant is my personal style - I am radically open, direct, gentle, and compassionate.

By license, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State (#LH61065566). I hold certifications as a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), and ESA School Social Worker, as I have completed specialty training and experience requirements in providing care (both in office and in schools) to children and adolescents.

I hold a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. My academic concentration was trauma-focused mental health care for displaced communities, including refugees, immigrants, and asylees.

I have been trained in and am informed by therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Module 1, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I hold a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Since 2011 I’ve worked in community health and non-profit organizations in mental health and academic capacities. Most recently I spent 4 years providing psychotherapy to children and adults in office and school settings. Prior to this I’ve worked with adults with several mental illness, and with children on the spectrum in a music therapy clinic. I’ve supported children and teens in their academics — as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher, in a kindergarten, and as a tutor and mentor for high schoolers navigating the college application process. I’ve lived, studied, or worked in several countries including Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, and Germany, and I love celebrating people from around the world. I became a therapist because I know firsthand how important this work can be, and how transformative.

Outside of work, I am inspired by time spent outdoors in the PNW and traveling to new places. I value time with my loved ones and my dog Mila, being active, and playing board games at home.

Contact


With any and all questions, to request a free 15-minute consult, or just to say hi, please send me a message below or email alex@therapyforjoy.com.

FAQ


Where are you located?

I am a member of Mindful Therapy Group, where I hold office space on the waterfront in Belltown, Seattle with beautiful views of the Olympics. My office is located at 101 Elliott Ave W, Suite 500, Seattle WA 98119. I also offer telehealth-only sessions for residents of Washington State.

What time do you have sessions?

Monday through Thursday, 7:30AM-8:30PM. Please contact me for details!

Do you accept insurance?

I accept Premera insurance, and will be accepting other insurance plans shortly. Many insurance plans will reimburse you for a large portion of out-of-network services. I am able to provide you a Superbill so that you can collect any out-of-network benefits you may have.

What is the fee if I don't use insurance?

$160 per 55-minute session. I also offer a limited number of pay-as-you-can plans. Please reach out if you'd like to discuss a reduced fee.

What is therapy like?

Before we begin, you are invited to have a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are the right fit. If we both agree to move forward, I will send your contact information to the Mindful Therapy Group team, who will reach out to enroll you with some paperwork. Then we have our first session! The first session we will talk together casually to get to know each other, and I will have more questions for you than usual so I can get to know your goals and struggles, and evaluate how best I can support you. The second session and beyond, we begin working together to accomplish your goals! That usually looks like talking in my office or over a Zoom call. Some people like to integrate art, music, or walks outside into their sessions, and that is up to you. If we are skill-building we may use worksheets or the whiteboard. If you are a caregiver to a child, the sessions will combine time with just the child, both of you together, and just the caregiver.

What about telehealth?

I also offer telehealth-only services through a HIPPA-compliant Zoom platform for residents of Washington State.

Testimonials


Testimonials

*my heart bursting*

Alex is a very creative, present, and gifted therapist. She helped our family navigate through critical challenges and a major transition. After these challenges were resolved, she quickly adapted to support us in entirely different ways through difficult conversations that were keeping us in a cycle of frustration and miscommunicating with each other. Alex brilliantly supported all members of our family. As a result of our time in therapy, we can enjoy each other more as a family because we can truly communicate with each other and understand where each of us coming from without getting defensive. Our investment with Alex was worth the reward of a more joyful family life into our daughter's teenage years.
Johnny and Sophia, Seattle, WA

I liked being with Alex because she always made me feel comfortable to share what was on my mind, and helped me feel more comfortable to speak up for what I wanted with my parents. I liked being with her because we got to do art most of the time. It helped to be able to talk about my feelings with someone who cared, outside of school and my parents. We have more fun as a family now.
Teenage client, Seattle, WA