Alex S

Alex  S
Position
Practicum counsellor
Student Wellness Centre

Alex S

About

I am a second year Masters student in the Counselling Psychology program at UVic. Raised primarily in Edmonton and Minnesota, I moved to the West Coast over ten years ago and currently reside on unceded Quw’utsun territory in the Cowichan Valley. My previous practicum experience was working with youth and families at Cowichan Valley Youth Services, primarily related to mood, identity development, relationships, and grief/loss. I have additional experience as a volunteer peer counsellor and sexual assault crisis line responder.

My pronouns are she and her. 

Counselling Approach

My approach to counselling is rooted in the belief that you are the expert in your own life as well as your own greatest resource. I aim to honour the strategies and strengths you have developed to navigate you own life, and also facilitate a sense of safety and curiosity to explore new ways of perceiving your self and your experiences. I believe that wellness entails attending to thoughts, emotions, relationships, body and spirit from a holistic perspective, and I seek to collaborate with you to determine how to create more balance and connection within your self and in relationship with others.

I draw from theories oriented to anti-oppressive therapeutic work, which focus on how structural power imbalances impact us, as well as how we resist and adapt to these constraints. I believe that relationships are essential to healing, and draw from theories that focus on exploring relational safety and immediate emotional and body-centred experiences in therapy. I also draw from practices rooted in mindfulness and self-compassion.