Yannick Alexis, MSW Graduate Student
Roses grow as much from rain as they do from sunlight. There is an incredible potential within each one of us that allows us to reflect on all of our sources of growth to reach the healthiest version of ourselves. Taking that big step to nurture yourself through therapy is extraordinarily commendable, and I’m here to help you reach full bloom. That’s not to say there won’t be thorns, but to navigate them alongside you in a space that is safe and comfortable is my privilege. I believe in the power of perception and reflection.
I am currently pursuing my masters in social work at the University of Michigan after switching my career from Fire Protection Engineering. Despite making such a stark change, from engineering I took with me not only my desire to help people be safe, but also a philosophy of learning. The best engineers don’t focus on learning how to solve the problem directly in front of them, they establish a mindset and a process that allows them to be able to work through any problems they may face in the future. Therapy is the space and process in which we learn about ourselves, and in doing so, I believe we can create approaches together that prepare us to process both the beauties and difficulties in our lives that may still be yet to come.
Outside of my engineering experience, I have been working one-on-one with adolescents for over a decade as a private tutor, and have worked in mentorship roles specifically focused on college students of color. I have worked for a non-profit as a case manager with a specific focus on the Latin-x community in my hometown of Montgomery County, Maryland. I also held a position as a Youth Development Specialist in a high school wellness center in the same area. These steps in my path to therapy have been incredibly important to me, as I have been able to interact with the systems that affect us greatly in society.
I work with adolescents, adults and couples with a variety of approaches that are individual to each person and their needs. As a poet, I am always looking to bring creativity to each session, and even incorporating music and writing therapy into my practice when applicable. It’s an honor to be able to collaborate with people in such a vulnerable environment (whether face-to-face or virtually), and allow them to lead themselves to self-discovery. I truly believe in therapy for everyone, and am excited to help people find in themselves what they are looking for.