For some, meditation can be exceptionally difficult. Mindfulness skills can also be developed through other techniques that we tend to forget exist.
Before becoming a Registered Psychotherapist, Alexandra began her professional career over 30 years ago as an RN in a Toronto teaching hospital, first on a thoracic surgery/step-down unit, and later in the operating room where she was a member of an internationally-recognized thoracic surgical team. After leaving the O.R. to raise her family, her interests gradually shifted and she began exploring pursuits related to the human psyche and how the mind works. This shift led to years of further study and clinical training. She now provides counselling and psychotherapy to adult clients over the age of 18, and is accountable to both the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and the College of Nurses of Ontario. She is also a member of the OACCPP and the RNAO.
In 2015, she began working with Dr. Treyvaud as a nurse-psychotherapist in psychodynamic groups, individual psychotherapy sessions, and clinical assessments, under supervision. Through The Mindfulness Centre, she attended Dr. Treyvaud’s Mindsight Intensives for a number of years, and has also job-shadowed Dr. Linda Macdonald in both the MBSR and MSC programs. Other experiences include supervised clinical training in couple, family, & sex therapy through a private practice in Hamilton ON, a position as a clinical extern at KW-Counselling Services in Kitchener ON, and volunteer work through their weekly Walk-In Clinic. She runs her own private practice, Bespoke Counselling & Psychotherapy, and receives clients for individual, couple, and sex therapy in Oakville, and Burlington, ON. Through the Mindfulness Centre, she co-facilitates a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program for women with low sexual desire (MBCT-W).
Alexandra holds a BScN from McMaster University, an MScN from the University of Western Ontario, and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Behavioural Science from McMaster University, where she studied psychodynamic psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and group therapy. She holds certificates in Couple & Family Therapy and Intensive Sex Therapy from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety from the University of Toronto. She is also a trained EMDR clinician.
Alexandra’s unique professional background, along with her personal life experience have served to enhance her psychotherapeutic skills, affording her a greater understanding of the complex challenges her clients face. She puts an emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic alliance, and is deeply invested in the ongoing wellbeing of everyone under her care.