About Alex

Alex Hoeplinger Patten, LMFT 98700

Credentials/Licenses:

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #98700) in the state of California.

Education and Life Experience:

-B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University

-M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University

-Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) from Andrew Leeds at the Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute

Becoming a Therapist:

My decision to become a MFT came after a long journey of searching, questioning, healing, and personal growth. Over the course of my travels, I found myself completely enamored with the idea of healing as I met and connected with others from all over the world. Over time, I decided that I wanted to make my work with people a more central part of my daily life, leading me to become a therapist. However, I feel what most prepared me for this profession is my own personal growth.

Like many of you I have faced struggles that I could not handle by myself. Despite my best efforts, life became very heavy, complicated, dark, confusing, scary, unnerving, and impossible to manage on my own. I went through life style, identity, and career changes one after another looking for anything that could cure what ailed me. My relationships suffered and I soon felt completely alienated from the world around me. As a result I began to feel almost estranged from my own true self. My life is a living testament to the healing power of human relationships and psychotherapy as it has completely changed my world for the better by helping me restore clarity, balance, inner peace, and a sense of self within. I mention this because I have always felt that the best clinicians are those who have done their own therapeutic work. In other words, the best therapists are those who can talk the talk because they have walked the walk. I became a therapist because I am passionate about helping others achieve a healthier and more meaningful way of life.

Clinical Experience:

I have clinical experience working with children, youth, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, family, and group cases from my time as a psychotherapist at the Center for Human Services, an outpatient community mental health clinic in Shoreline, WA.

I am also a Mental Health Specialist with Stars Community Services in San Leandro, CA where I provide counseling to foster care youth and families throughout Alameda County.

I have been working in a private practice setting for 4 years.

Professional Affiliations:

Active member of:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) East Bay Chapter
  • California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology
  • Director of Intern Recruitment at the Center for Psychotherapy, Spirituality, & Creativity (CPSC)

If you would like to know more about who I am, please do not hesitate to contact me at 510-329-8674. Also, to get more insight on my approach and personality do feel free to peruse my blog. In it, I write about a number of issues pertaining to the field of psychotherapy, psychology, and mental health directly from a clinician’s perspective.

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