Alexandra Backis, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Counselor

“My approach to therapy values collaboration, curiosity, playfulness, and the belief that the most beautiful expression of our humanity is our ability to keep trying, even in our darkest moments.”

Alexandra excels at working with clients who are working through trauma, relationship difficulties as well as demographically and ethnically diversity clients.

Alexandra’s career began working with individuals who were unstably housed and those recently diagnosed with HIV. Working with clients in crisis ignited Alexandra’s passion for working with clients who have experienced trauma as a result of their family of origin, their communities, or larger systems that have overwhelmed their capacity to cope. Alexandra received her clinical social work license in 2011 and further deepened her trauma informed work by completing Women Care’s Summer Institute on the Relational Treatment of Trauma and her 40 Hour Domestic Violence Certification. In working with clients who have experienced trauma, Alexandra helps them create a sense of safety and an increased ability to regulate and cope with intense emotion, while giving the client control of if and when the traumatic event itself is discussed.

Furthermore, Alexandra stands out as a couples counselor helping her clients through relationship discord and communication as well as premarital counseling to set clients up for healthy long-term relationships. Alexandra works with both traditional and non-traditional relationships. Alexandra completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) in 2016 and the Level 1 Gottman Training in 2018 and continues to be passionate about her work with couples.

Alexandra approaches her work with individuals and couples with open-mindedness and a sense of humor. She is dedicated to working with clients with diverse racial, ethnic, and sexual identities by centering their experiences and allowing these to both guide and deepen the therapeutic work.  Alexandra has experience working with Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD, Alcohol Abuse and Cannabis Abuse and identity issues. Alexandra believes in an empowerment framework that validates clients’ struggles, while helping them to identify their strengths, develop new ways of coping, and advocate for the lives they imagine for themselves.

Outside of work, Alexandra enjoys running, indoor rock climbing, watching tv, and spending time with friends.

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