About Alexa

Alexa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #13309) who works with well-functioning individuals and couples who internally struggle to have more satisfying lives and relationships.

Alexa works with issues pertaining to romantic relationships, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma, and low self-esteem. She has a special affinity for working with premarital couples looking to strengthen their  relationship. Her graduate research focused on the benefits of attending couples counselling prior to marriage. She firmly believes that early intervention can significantly reduce
separation or divorce. Couples who seek therapy early can learn how to deal with present and future struggles as a strong team. Alexa received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and her Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.
Before transitioning to private practice, Alexa worked for a non-profit organization providing individual and couples counselling to diverse adults in Greater Vancouver.

She led workshops for couples and parents, and facilitated women’s groups while volunteering for Battered Women’s Support Services. She also did extensive work with women dealing with abusive relationships.

When things aren’t feeling all that great it’s palpable. Life may seem overwhelming or dull. It can feel difficult, uncomfortable, and even the smallest things can bring about tremendous distress.

Like many of my clients, you may be feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Your life and close relationships may feel challenging despite your best efforts. You struggle with how things are and long for what they could be. A client recently told me “you can’t make it to Everest without a good sherpa”. I strive to help individuals and couples access their inner strengths and resources to better cope with their challenges. My goal is to give you a positive counselling experience that encourages you to reach your fullest potential.

Together, we will figure out where you’re stuck and what do about it. You’ll get the motivation and clarity to ursue your goals even if you’re not clear on them yet. As a result, you’ll feel more confident in yourself and your choices, have healthier and more fulfilling relationships, and enjoy a more satisfying and meaningful life.

My Story

The question that got me into this work was not “why” but “how”. “How do we know we’re doing the right thing?” “How do we take risks but remain safe?” And once we’ve got something good “how do we keep it going?”

I’ve been studying the way humans think and behave for over a decade! Having had one too many encounters with heartbreak, loss, anxiety,  depression –you name it, I was determined to know how to have a more fulfilling life and relationships. Along the way I learnt a lot about unhealthy relationships, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other blocks to fulfillment and growth. Through counselling and personal learning, I was able to work through old baggage, get a handle on my anxiety, and have healthy relationships with myself and others.

My experience as a counsellor and as a person has shown me firsthand that you can change your life for the better. I’m excited to work alongside you to help you create a life that fulfills you.

Therapeutic Approach

I’m passionate about what’s possible. I believe that no matter what your challenges are you can change your life and relationships for the better.
My goal is to give you a positive counselling experience that makes you feel deeply cared for and understood. Together, we can explore what’s possible so that you can have a rich and meaningful life that’s truly your own.

I use researched methods to help you get the best results. These include Person Centered, Solution Focused, CBT, EMDR, the Developmental Model, EFT and the Gottman Method.

Person Centered: You’re in the driver’s seat -that means that I’ll be working alongside you instead of directing you on what to do. My role will be to facilitate your growth so you can get to your own answers and solutions by accessing your inner strengths and knowledge.

Solution Focused: We will identify and work through any roadblocks that may be getting in the way of you living the way you want to be. Together we will set goals and come up with practical solutions that you can achieve.

CBT: This involves challenging beliefs, thoughts and behaviours that are no longer working in your favour. Together we will come up with new beliefs, thoughts, and behaviours that lead to more self-compassion and healthier outcomes.

EMDR: EMDR is a highly powerful approach to treating trauma, anxiety and depression. It involves targeting distressing memories through a series of eye movements. It is proven to significantly reduce negative feelings and beliefs connected to past events.

Couples Developmental Model: Couples evolve in a series of predictable stages. Problems emerge when partners get stuck at a  developmental stage. Using a developmental lens to help couples make long-lasting change, this model helps couples manage their differences, and increase their own development so that they can be a stronger “we”.

Emotion-Focused Therapy: EFT focuses on creating safety and connection between partners. It does so by identifying negative patterns of interaction and by addressing the
unmet needs that often underlie them.

Gottman-Method: The Gottman-Method uses researched interventions to help couples have happy and healthy marriages. It’s goals include increasing closeness, addressing conflict and creating shared meaning.

Alexa's availability

 Monday - Thursday and Saturday.

To book an appointment email Alexa and she will get back to you within 24hrs.

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Gottman Couples Therapy: Level 1 & 2 Training, The Gottman Institute, October 2013-2014)

Introduction to Focusing, Inward Bound Counselling and Focusing Training, April 2015, April 2015

Treating Affairs & Trauma: Helping Couples Heal and Rebuild Trust, The
Gottman Institute, October 2016

Emotion Focused Therapy Externship, Vancouver Couple & Family Institute and Centre for EFT Training, May 2017

Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, British Columbia School of  Professional Psychology, October 2017

How to Treat High Conflict and conflict Avoidant Couples with the Power of the Developmental Model, Mindbody Training Institute, June 2017

High Impact Couples Therapy by Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Pete Pearson,
Institute for Better Health, April 2018

Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults
Abused as Children, Institute for Relational Intimacy, November, 2018

Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy, Institute for
Relational Intimacy, March 2019

Bader-Pearson Model Training Levels 1 & 2, Goodlife Therapy Centre,
October 2018-Present