ALEXANDRA GARTLEY, MS
Alexandra Gartley earned her Masters of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. There, she interned at a local Children’s Advocacy Center working with children and adolescents who have experienced a wide array of trauma, including physical and sexual abuse. Alexandra also has experience in treating clients with anxiety, depression and mood related issues, adolescent/behavioral issues, self-harm, self-esteem, life adjustments/daily stressors, and family/relationship issues. While at the Children’s Advocacy Center, she co-led a Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) group for children aged 7-9. PSB-CBT teaches kids to learn self-control and coping skills accompanied with active caregiver participation.
Alexandra Gartley is also trained to treat clients with trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other negative life experiences through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an evidence-based practice designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories stored in the brain. She utilizes the evidence-based powers of play when working with children and is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Alexandra uses play therapy to help children to process difficult emotions in a healing and supportive environment. In play therapy sessions, she assists the child in developing healthy problem-solving skills and how to communicate healthy expressions of feelings. Alexandra uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to help restructure negative cognitions impacting daily functioning.
Alexandra specializes treatment to accommodate her client’s individual needs. She believes the therapeutic relationship is highly important in the healing process and wants every client to feel safe and understood.