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Alexandria Theordor Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Alexandria Theordor’s mission is to help adults conquer the stress and overwhelm caused by major life events. In a safe and relaxing space, she teaches techniques to maximize the body's response to stress by turning personal values into actions. During sessions, these individuals learn how to regain control of their lives so they can get unstuck, all while rediscovering the joy they have longed for. In addition to being a therapist, she is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and has extensive experience working with survivors of chronic illness and their caregivers.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
Finances
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
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  • New Jersey
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“If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believing in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Many people ask me why I selected counseling as a career. The answer is simple: I love watching people rise from the ashes of pain and create a new beginning. I am a firm believer that everyone can be the hero of their own story. Being that champion comes with the responsibility and privilege of deciding how the story will unfold. I love watching people have those light bulb moments in session, knowing that they will carry that wisdom with them for the rest of their lives. Those nuggets of golden wisdom allow individuals the opportunity to live with the confidence to take on anything that comes their way. Watching this transformation happen is magical, and the most rewarding part of my work.
What should someone know about working with you?
Using Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focuses, and ACT orientations, I want to teach people PRACTICAL strategies on how to pull themselves out of the hole life has thrown them in. If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believe in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your ways. My hope is that you walk away from sessions feeling confident in your abilities to build a life that you deserve: a life filled with love, happiness, and purpose.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is natural to be nervous about scheduling your first therapy session. Take comfort in knowing that once you have chosen to start therapy, you are halfway to your goal. The path to healing is a collection of decisions, the biggest being deciding to make a change. This choice creates a mindset for success and opens the doors to a world of possibility. It is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make (I have had to make this same decision many times in my life and remember how hard it was to make the first phone call). Rest assured: I’ll be with you every step of the way. When I see you for the first time, I’ll greet you with a smiling face and a heart filled with hope and reassurance. I genuinely believe that everyone has the keys to success somewhere inside them. Therapy is about finding the right key to open the door that is blocking your path. I hope that one day, you, too, will believe that within yourself, even if you feel far from confident on our first day. Want to know what complicates it even more? As a caregiver, you’re grieving the loss of your previous life. Caregiving for a spouse post-injury has been described as “being married to a stranger,” a stranger who looks and sounds just like your spouse but who no longer talks or acts like the person you married. I know you’re struggling; let me help. In a safe and relaxing space, I’ll teach you techniques to combat your worries over that ever-running to-do list. These strategies will help stop the racing thoughts in their tracks before they build into an avalanche of emotions. We will discuss practical tips on how to relax the mind and body so you can RESPOND to life’s challenges rather than REACT to what has been so unfairly thrown at you. You’ll learn how to regain control of your life so that you can spend less time worrying and more time doing what you love. There is a way to balance work, family, and “me time” (yes, I said “me time”; I know that is a foreign concept). I want you to be able to take an hour away for yourself, GUILT-FREE. You deserve time to recharge your batteries; let me teach you how. It is time to take care of yourself with the same attention and love you give your partner. Online therapy is designed to fit your busy schedule and make self-care convenient and accessible. Your partner wants you to be happy. S/he misses your smile.
What makes your anxiety treatment approach unique?
Once I learned about how the fight/flight response impacts us biologically, my entire viewpoint changed about coping skills and how they are done. For example, I had no idea that deep breathing had to be done for a minimum of 3 full minutes in order for any benefit to be obtained. Here I was thinking that 10 deep breaths could cure anything, yet when I timed it out, it takes me 25 deep breaths to hit that 3-minute minimum. No wonder I was not relaxing, I was not giving my body enough time to send and read the relaxation signals! Ever since then, I developed a passion for teaching others these practical skills on how to maximize their bodies response to stress so they can RESPOND not REACT to what is in front of them. Most of these coping skills are quick and simple to do, the key however is making sure they are done correctly. Like those chemistry formulas in high school, accuracy is key. In session my mission is to pass along this knowledge for you to use immediately and forever.
Why online therapy?
Therapy can be hard, but doing it online makes it easier. As you sit across from your computer having a heartfelt conversation with your therapist (me!), get yourself comfortable in a quiet corner of the house, snuggled on the couch under a warm fuzzy blanket. Appointments are made on YOUR schedule. If the only free hour in your day is when the kids are at dance practice, put some quiet music on in the car and enjoy your therapy session while you are waiting for the kids to finish. Since you can schedule sessions that work with your schedule, there is no need to factor in time for traffic or parking. Life is hard enough, why not take advantage of technology to make things easier?
“Participating in therapy is an investment: an investment in a better life. The value and gains you receive from our work together will not end at our last session. These lessons are designed to last you a lifetime.”