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Alex’s life drastically changed for the better in 2008 when he moved from New York City, where he worked as an attorney, to live and work at a therapeutic farm in Vermont.  Over his two and a half years at Spring Lake Ranch, he deepened his appreciation for the value of relationships, community, acceptance, meaningful work, and the power of place on the well-being of people.

Alex relocated to Portland in 2012, later earning a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in 2015. Alex has worked with adults in community mental health settings, including working in a community-based forensic psychology program, and at a transitional housing shelter.  He has training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, including mentalization based therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. Alex also has volunteer experience in hospice settings, for an organization serving people living with HIV/AIDS, and staffing meditation retreats in prison. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

In his ideal world, Alex would spend most of his free time backpacking with friends near an alpine like, campfire, and with a good novel within reach.