Alex is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived, worked, and volunteered in New York City for sixteen years. She is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and practicing artist with a background in metalwork, experiential art, and writing.
Alex earned her Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in 2019 and holds a BA in Studio Art. Before joining Refresh, Alex worked with adults in inpatient psychiatry at Jamaica Hospital, helping patients cope with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. Prior to her hospital work, Alex provided services for children living with complex trauma and developmental disabilities. Most recently, she developed therapeutic, social, and volunteer programs for seniors at a federally subsidized residential complex in Hell’s Kitchen. There, she started a Creative Writing Therapy Group as well as The Manhattan Plaza Theatre Project, a collective for retired actors built around therapeutic socialization, career reflection, and life review.
Her approach to therapy is integrative and humanistic, informed by attachment theory, relational psychotherapy, and psychodynamic perspectives. Alex offers both art and verbal psychotherapy with the belief that individuals essentially know what is best for them. Her client-centered care is meant to help foster and strengthen a relationship with the authentic self, to stabilize and make room for new experiences.
Art in therapy is optional and can look many different ways: making art during or between sessions, freewriting, incorporating current or past ideas. By providing a non-judgmental space, actively listening, and compassionately reflecting on what surfaces during sessions, Alex will make room for seeing what areas of life need extra attention and where connections can be made to understand recurring patterns. These evolving perspectives can be explored gently and with the help of both long and short-term goals. Together as client and therapist, it is possible to co-observe, contact, and reintegrate emotional “blocks” common to the human experience. This is why working at an individual pace and establishing trust in the therapeutic alliance is so important.
Engaging in an interdisciplinary practice is part of Alex’s self-care, as creativity deeply informs the way she thinks about clinical interventions, holistic health, and cohesive identity. Alex is a published author and freelance welder and is active in both communities in NYC.