Doctoral Intern (B.A., B. Ed., M.A.)
Alex is the new psychological intern at Sand Story. Before becoming a Registered Clinical Counsellor, he worked with adolescents with unique learning profiles as a learning resource teacher. Currently, he is working towards his PhD in Counselling Psychology at UBC. Alex has been assisting children, adolescents, and adults for the past 7 years, and has helped individuals navigate issues that include life transitions, depression, anxiety, addictions, and complex trauma.
Alex primarily draws from an emotion-focused lens, where he seeks to help clients to recognize and to utilize emotions as a means of achieving change. His clinical experience, however, has continually reminded him that the cornerstone of therapeutic work begins with establishing a strong bond/relationship. Therefore, his priority is to first nurture and establish a safe and authentic connection with his clients, one that provides the space for change to occur. Alex also integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into his approach, and also draws from spiritual traditions.
In addition to his work at Sand Story, Alex is building his speciality in group therapy through the Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma at UBC, and he is completing his dissertation work that focuses on the lived experiences of veterans as they transition into post-secondary education.