Hello, my name is Alex Rigda. I’m a professional counselor with over 10 years of mental health experience. I completed my graduate degree at a CACREP credentialed university in 2014. My experience began in community mental health in 2009 and has steered me towards working with mood disorders including depression, anxiety, as well as substance abuse disorders. I enjoy helping people with life transitions, effective communication styles, and problem solving solutions. Often I split time between running group therapy and seeing individual clients.
From working with and learning from well-respected clinicians and patients from various backgrounds, I’ve been able to cultivate my approach by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, DBT, and Positive Psychology. I enjoy helping people break down their personal barriers and help implement new skills and create plans to help my patients achieve their short and long term goals.
I pride myself on being an open minded clinician and exercise patience to be an active listener. I try to allow for flowing and mutual dialogue that allows me understand you and provides an effective collaborative approach.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Avoidant Personality, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
OH LPCC E.1700374
Alex has been very supportive and understanding throughout my counseling experience. He’s very patient and empathetic; I greatly appreciate his attention to detail in responding to every concern I expressed (in message/video session). He set realizable goals to help me understand the importance of self-compassion. The references and quotes he adds in his messages are very thoughtful and inspirational. The effort he makes to be very responsive and to check on progress not only shows his commitment but also provides a huge assurance to the counselee, especially for someone like me who was apprehensive to consider counseling. I’m very grateful for all the support he has offered and would highly recommend him.
Written on Jun 26, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues
Alex was very helpful and professional. His advice and guidance helped me control an aspect of my life that was out of control. He helped me put challenging, yet feasible goals in place to help teach me self-compassion, discipline, and limitation. I was very pleased with this service. I would highly recommend him.
Written on Jun 17, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 2 months
Alex has been very supportive and helpful so far. I think he was a perfect match for my therapy needs! I am very happy with the match in his background and my goals.
Written on May 23, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem
I feel like I can talk about anything and everything with my counselor. He seems to understand me and understands my situations. He tells and explains many different exercises. I feel appreciated. Thank you!
Written on May 23, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder
Extremely professional and helpful. Alex has provided me with great insight and is very supportive with my goals.
Written on May 18, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
I’ve only just started sessions with Alex, but I am confident that he can help me work through some of my problems.
Written on Apr 30, 2020 after therapy with Alexander for 2 weeks