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ALEX SWALES, LICSW

I am accepting new clients at this time. Currently, I am only to accept new clients that are able to pay the rate of $180 or above. Please email us at info@ourcollectivespace.com to set up a free consultation with me. 

Offering Individual & Group Therapy

I enjoy working with those that have experienced or are experiencing trauma, sexual trauma, body-image issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. I focus on building an empathic relationship with my clients to align their physical, mental, emotional, and social goals with therapy.

I also currently am accepting members for Our Resilience, a healing group for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and violence. 

Alex Swales
Approach

Therapy reminds me of spring cleaning.

Together, we take stock of what brings you joy and what you can let go of. We discover things that might've gotten lost over time. And most importantly, we take time to compassionately tend to areas of yourself that need a little care.

 Together, we will work to unpack and reorganize your life to find meaning, connection, understanding, and even humor. 

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Clinical Experience

After graduating with a BA in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2014, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa from 2015-2017**. After my service, I was drawn to social justice and working with communities and pursued a Master's of Social Work. After graduation, I worked as a project manager for Cancer Support Community but felt a deeper connection in working directly with individuals. This led me to work with and support incredible individuals in the DMV area at the Viva Center and now at Our Collective. 

Recently, I have been exploring alternative methods of healing and have begun to develop a deeper connection to yoga and breathwork. Starting in February, I will begin my training to be a certified breath work practitioner and am excited to share this offering with my community. 

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More about me....

When I’m not in therapist mode, I enjoy running, paddleboarding, baking delicious gluten-free treats (I have celiac) and being close to the water. I love spending time with my friends and family. I love to volunteer at the Humane Rescue Alliance and practice yoga and pilates at my local studio, Bikram Yoga Works. In non-Pandemic times, I love to travel and so far have been to 33 countries. I am dedicated to un-learning and dismantling capitalism and racism.

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