Alexia is an experienced clinical counsellor providing professional counseling to adults, adolescents and couples. Through a holistic approach, and in a safe and encouraging environment, she offers counselling that is geared towards helping clients gain understanding of themselves, their place in the world and their life struggles. Her therapy orientation is mostly cognitive-behavioral, however adlerian, solution-focused and existential therapy approaches are also used depending on the needs of the client.
Alexia’s clinical experience includes work at the Adler Trauma Clinic where she’s worked with clients who have a history of unresolved trauma. She worked at the McMichael Gallery providing group counseling to people facing terminal illness. Her areas of interest include, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger management, illness management, grief and loss. She also worked at Hincks-Dellcrest in the developmental clinic, screening pre-schoolers new to the country, to assess their readiness for school.
Alexia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Specialized Honours) from the University of Guelph, a Bachelors of Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Alexia finds that she gets many requests for couple counselling. Counselling can help with various issues such as infidelity, parenting, finances, problems in communication, anger, extended family, intimacy, addictions and/or trust. On average, a lot of progress can be seen between 3 to 5 sessions. Couples report that they are able to communicate better, have more insight into their own issues and have a better understanding of their partners issues. The first session is usually spent discussing the difficulties in the relationship and the goals of therapy.
Alexia does provide individual therapy as well. Individual therapy can address issues such as low self esteem, relationship difficulties, financial problems, difficulty with family, parenting, difficulty with a job, anxiety, depression, addictions, coping with loss, and/or anger. Alexia's main goal is to listen in a supportive, non-judgmental manner and to provide a safe and confidential environment to discuss issues. The goal is that together, therapist and client explore ways of making positive changes in the clients life. Alexia finds that it takes just a few sessions for the client to report feeling more hopeful, viewing their issues in a more positive manner and with more clarity and ready to make long lasting changes to address the problematic issues.