DBT Therapist & Individual Counselor
The world can be an overwhelming and stressful place. In our daily lives we can struggle to feel satisfied and at peace with ourselves. We often feel that we’re not enough or that we don’t deserve to be cared for and accepted by the people around us. We can struggle to feel confident about our choices and about how to live according to our own values and goals. I know how hard it can be to not only know what you’re feeling when you’re overwhelmed, but to know how to handle those emotions, doubts, and fears. Together we can work to understand your feelings and needs and to develop a plan for meeting those needs in your daily life.
I’m skilled at working with clients whose emotions feel out of control. I help give them a feeling of choice and empowerment in reacting to emotional situations. Making choices that meet your emotional needs vs. reacting can improve relationships, decrease unwanted behaviors, and improve self-worth.
In my family, food was both love and something to be wary of. I’ve tried every diet and plan available – hoping to change my relationship with food to something “normal” – even if I didn’t know what normal meant! Over time and through training, I’ve come to see that a healthy relationship with food is possible
and that I recognize my emotional needs find ways to meet them, without turning to food as a comfort or an answer. As I saw a positive change in my own life and realized how common and painful emotional eating
can be, I became dedicated to helping other people overcome compulsive, emotional, or binge eating
from the inside out.
Because I myself have experienced and overcome feelings of sadness, anxiety
, and uncertainty, I know that you don’t have to continue to feel this way. In therapy, we can begin to work through your negative thoughts and emotions and develop your strengths, resources, and instincts – increasing your confidence and sense of well-being
. Sometimes the most important first step is knowing that you are not alone and that someone is here to listen and hear you talk about your experiences.
I believe that we are often surrounded by a cacophony of well-meaning advice and suggestions that can be difficult to interpret and incorporate into our lives. Struggling to accommodate our own beliefs along with those of the important people in our lives can leave us feeling frustrated and lonely. However, I believe that by changing the way we think about these messages and interactions can change the emotions we experience during them.
When we meet I will prioritize ensuring that you to feel heard and understood and will strive to demonstrate empathy and caring for your thoughts and feelings. From there, I will collaborate with you to change some of your automatic thoughts and assumptions that may be preventing you from accessing your own intrinsic abilities and strengths. Finally, I will work with you to develop plans of action and the skills you feel you need to make the changes you want to make in your life.
Alexandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, with a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. She is trained in Intuitive Eating and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and conducts regular DBT Skills Groups. She worked in the fields of corporate and international law for over seven years before leaving her practice to focus on her children and family. Alexandra has also previously worked in the University of Houston’s counseling service, where she specialized in issues of depression, anxiety and life skills development. Alexandra is supervised by Rachel Eddins.
with Houston therapist, Alexandra Marshall.