Taking the leap of faith to ask for help requires true courage and vulnerability. Whether you are seeking personal growth or wish to work on relationships and intimacy, feeling comfortable with your therapist is the most important piece to getting started. Here is a little about myself to help you decide if we are a good fit.
I value being present in the moment, having self-compassion and acceptance for oneself before working on relationships with others. I practice through a holistic lens and a mindful perspective, teaching clients some of the same techniques that I myself practice regularly to cope with the complex challenges life often brings. In my clinical practice, I hold the belief that my client is the expert of their own life, and I am here to help you identify your own personal goals and support you on your journey to achieve them.
I specialize in sexual health and well being and am passionate about the power of connection between mind, body and spirit. I work with individuals, couples and their families on understanding themselves as sexual beings, whether this relates to their individual journey or within their relationships. Additionally, I specialize in anxiety, stress management, parent/child issues, LGBTQ issues and PTSD within multicultural communities.
I specialize in sexual health and well being and am passionate about the power of connection between mind, body and spirit.
Working with youth and their families is a passion of mine. My aim is to empower children, teens and parents to advocate for themselves, while supporting their unique journey and offering parenting, communication and self-care skills to promote personal growth and family unity. I have over 7 years of experience working with youth and families, first as an Educational Therapist in the San Diego community and most recently as a clinician providing child and family therapy at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry.
In addition to my private practice, I teach the graduate level Advanced Human Sexuality course at the University of San Diego (USD) and am continuing to expand my expertise in sexual health as I currently complete my Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and acquire my AASECT Sex Therapist Certification.
In my free time, I love running, yoga, practicing Mindfulness, traveling to learn about different cultures and spending time with my family (including my white Labrador).
Alejandra is supervised by Jennifer Rickard, LMFT
Education and Training
Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sexuality, California – Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California, projected August 2021
Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, August 2015
Clinical sub-specialty: Child Psychopathology and Trauma
Research Specialty: Sexually related DSM-5 disorders
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, Elementary Education
Specialization in Special Education, Loyola Marymount University, May 2012
International Study, Universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires & Universidad de Buenos Aires, August 2010
Advanced Training Courses In
Sex Therapist Training, The Buehler Institute, ongoing
Bridging the Couple Chasm, Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training, UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness-Based CBT and Mindful Self-Compassion
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Johnson, R., Stepensky, A., Jones, P. (2013). Towards A National Data Base from A Community-Based Juvenile Fire Setter Service In San Diego County: FATJAM Program, Paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division, 94th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #2430
NBCC: National Board Certified Counselor
California Associate for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)
American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA)
International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)