Houston Adult, Adolescent, and EMDR Therapist
Do you ever find yourself struggling with worried thoughts? Perhaps you worry about the past – things you’ve said or done, events or experiences, or how others perceive you.
Or, maybe, you find yourself worried about the future – what might happen, if your life will turn out the way you planned, or who might be there alongside you. You might even find yourself experiencing worried thoughts without any known cause.
Those thoughts and concerns happen to many of us and they can even have an effect on our bodies. Do you find that your heart races or your breathing becomes more shallow when you experience worry or anxiety? Although this is a normal response from our bodies, it can certainly be a scary experience!
Perhaps you find yourself struggling to enjoy activities that used to bring you joy. Or questioning if you’ve made the “right” choices. Maybe you find yourself feeling chronically tired, unable to engage in activities, or connect in your relationships in the same way. You may even find that your work or school performance has suffered as a result of low motivation, apathy, or fatigue.
Our hustle and bustle society doesn’t always lend itself to the appropriate amount of time to rest, relax, restore, and enjoy ourselves and those around us. We often struggle to find time for ourselves, set boundaries and enjoy our well-deserved time outside of school or the office. This takes a toll not only on our bodies but our brains, too!
It’s possible you find yourself feeling too much all at once. Perhaps you might feel nothing at all. Even more, you may find yourself vacillating between each extreme. Do others tell you you’re “too sensitive” or that you “overreact”? Do you find it difficult to regulate your emotional experiences or tolerate distress when you notice it? Perhaps others don’t really seem to “get you” or “get it.” If you find yourself struggling to regulate your emotions – especially if you experience high alertness at times and total numbness at others for seemingly known reasons – this could be your body trying to send you a message.
Do you find yourself struggling with any of the following? Intrusive thoughts or memories, flashbacks, or nightmares; avoidance of places that remind you of negative experiences; negative self-perception, hopelessness, memory problems, feeling detached from others; guilt/shame, or self-destructive behaviors? If so, know that I can help!
Personally, I know what it can be like to feel constantly worried about things outside of your control. I also know what it feels like to be hopeless and question if everything really seems worth it. I believe that my own lived experience is a tool to facilitate deeper connections and empathy within the therapeutic relationship.
Although we may not have the exact same backgrounds, we are both human and have likely experienced the same great spectrum of emotions that come with this experience of being human. I would be honored for the opportunity to serve as a guide to help unlock the answers that are already within you as we collaborate on creating a life that allows you to flourish and reach your fullest potential.
Therapeutic Framework & Experience
I am formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but prefer to focus on a collaborative, client-centered approach. Additionally, I have experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and I am an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained clinician.
I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults with diagnoses such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Autism Spectrum, and Complex Trauma.
Professionally, I have been a practicing clinician since 2016. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee Graduate College of Social Work. I have experience in a variety of mental healthcare settings ranging from Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential Treatment Centers, Partial Hospitalization Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and School Social Work.
What Clients Are Saying:
I feel like I’m making some real progress with some life long issues. Alexis is really helping me with some ugly stuff in my past.
I have really enjoyed my sessions with Alexis. I was familiar with EMDR already, but this is probably the most helpful thing I have ever done. She has walked me through everything. I am confident I will be back to my old self very soon. I have no night terrors or panic attacks anymore. I give her a lot of credit because she is so great. My parents live out of state and they were so worried about me, but they noticed I am doing so well and it has given them peace of mind. Alexis has given me very clear goals during each session and focus for each week. She picked up on how I work, and I really feel like my treatment is customized for me. Billing and scheduling has also been amazing.
Sessions are going great. We are making a lot of progress. I am looking forward to the future sessions.
with Alexis Leeper, LCSW