Alexander is originally from beautiful British Columbia where he grew up in the Okanagan Valley. From there he studied to achieve both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and his Bachelor of Education degree. After spending time working with marginalized populations in Vancouver's Downtown East Side, he completed his Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary.
Alexander is passionate about social justice and issues affecting equity and equality. He has many passions including cooking, gardening, and rugby. Alex 'practices what he preaches' when it comes to finding peace and balance to thrive and enjoy the life that we wish to experience.
Alexander understands that it is a big, and important step to decide to seek therapeutic services and will work to ensure that his clients feel that their experience with him is working to assist them in achieving their agreed upon goals and does this with the use of Feedback Informed Treatment outcome measures in each session.
Your time with Alexander will be productive, collaborative, and invitational. You will be the integral component of your success, and he will be with you each step of the way.
Masters of Clinical Social Work - University of Calgary
Bachelor of Education - University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Victoria
Member in Good Standing - Ontario College of Social and Social Service Workers
Member in Good Standing - Ontario Association of Social Workers
Alexander has a wide and varied wealth of professional experience. He was the coordinator of a provincially funded domestic violence counselling program that focused on males that had been the primary victim of violence from another. During this time, Alexander also worked with perpetrators of violence in both group and individual counselling of both genders. While in this role, Alexander was recognized with the Bhayana Family Foundation award from the United Way for service innovation and creativity. While in this role, Alexander was also selected to present at several conferences across Canada and the US.
Alexander was selected to do work with the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse as the Clinical Care Director and was invited to sit on the Treatment Advisory Committee; remaining an active contributor.
No stranger to working on provincial advisory committees, Alexander worked closely with the Program Advisory Committee for Mount Royal University's 'Stepping Up' program that focuses on raising awareness about dating violence in post-secondary populations. He was a founding member of the Provincial Advisory Committee for Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention, which was recognized by the United Way in addition to 'Safety Under The Rainbow' - with a focus on same-sex domestic violence issues.
Alexander's master's practica experiences include working with individuals and their families that were dealing with a cancer diagnosis, individuals with addictions and/or mental health at a clinic with Alberta Health Services, and doing general counselling with a large non profit counselling agency that has been in place for over 50 years.
MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Alexander worked for 2.5 years for Alberta Health Services as a Mental Health Therapist. In his time there, he worked with clients ranging in age from 7 to 87, presenting with issues ranging from anxiety and depressive symptoms to more serious conditions like schizophrenia, severe suicidal ideation, and troublesome personality disorders that were impacting his client's lives. He also worked with clients struggling with various addictions including alcohol and other substances. He was part of a Dialectical Behaviour Skills group and fostering a high success rate with clients in achieving their desired outcomes.
SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR - MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY
Alexander also was a sessional instructor in the Child Studies and Social Work Dept. at Mount Royal University where he taught courses in Counselling Skills and Group Therapy. He encouraged a collaborative atmosphere for feedback to, from, and between students, much in the same manner of how he works with his clients. He consistently received very high student ratings and feedback from his classes' instructor evaluations.