Hi there! I am Alexandra Duffy a clinical psychologist with licenses in California, Massachusetts and Washington. Thanks for taking a moment to learn how my counseling and therapy can be a useful tool for yourself or someone you care about. Therapy is a way to invest in yourself, have support during difficult times and deal with past issues that impact your current life and relationships. Together, we discover healthy ways to help cope with the unknown and things outside of our control.
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, eating /body image issues and Bipolar Disorder. I also work with students of all ages (and even parents) to address issues with learning, such as dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities and executive functioning issues (e.g., time management, procrastination, prioritizing work, regulating emotions, etc.), which can be especially challenging right now with Online and Distance Learning. I have extensive experience with the evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD, dyslexia and learning disabilities to improve overall functioning and also provide documentation for academic and test accommodations.
My therapy style is warm, interactive and collaborative. I tailor our sessions and treatment plan based on your individual needs and take into consideration your prior experience with counseling. I utilize an eclectic style incorporating psychodynamic and evidence-based modalities including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based interventions. I integrate healthy lifestyle techniques to improve emotional health and overall well-being by addressing sleep habits, exercise and eating patterns. I also help manage electronic media usage to find a balance between being informed and feeling worried or overwhelmed by the 24-hour news cycle and uncertainty in our lives right now.
I earned my Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree (Psy.D) from the George Washington University and Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from the California School of Professional Psychology. I completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Bureau of Study Counsel. I have worked in inpatient/residential treatment, private practice and as a Staff Psychologist at UCLA and the Georgetown University Law Center. Some of my clinical interests include identity development, perfectionism, mastering attention regulation concerns, and learning styles/strategies to improve academic performance.
I am also interested in helping actors and individuals in the creative arts to improve self-awareness, explore emotions and use relaxation techniques in the creative process, as well as to cope with rejection, criticism and stress. I have taught workshops to improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety for students, professional and healthcare workers, as well as during the audition and interview process. I have enjoyed leading Finding Focus groups and the Art of Public Speaking wellness group. These skills and techniques are beneficial during individual counseling sessions as well to increase personal effectiveness.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
CA Psychologist 20193
NC Psychologist 3202
MA Psychologist PSY5000163
Dr. Duffy is a great therapist and a lovely person. She always listens to what need to talk about and remembers what’s happening in my life from week to week. She has been a wonderful influence on my life
Written on Mar 22, 2023 after therapy with Alexandra for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Dr. Duffy is great. She's very understanding and easy to talk to, and she always senses what I need our sessions to be and tailors them to my needs. I feel like I've been doing better since I started working with her.
Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Alexandra for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dr. Duffy is the best counselor I have ever had! I went into it feeling cynical about talk therapy, and skeptical whether it (or anything) could really help me. We’ve made a lot of progress together, and her thoughtful perspective has helped motivate me to improve the parts of my life I am able to, and embrace the parts of my life I am not always at peace with. I look forward to our weekly sessions and feel lucky to have found her.
Written on Apr 27, 2021 after therapy with Alexandra for 9 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
She been great support and helps me feel like I’m beating heard.
Written on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Alexandra for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Working with Dr. Duffy has been life changing! She is extremely non-judgmental and easy to talk to, and asks insightful questions that make me think about things in a different way. I felt like she really took the time to get to know me and respects who I am as a person, which made me feel safe and supported enough to open up. I am so grateful for her support and guidance!
Written on Nov 09, 2020 after therapy with Alexandra for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Dr. Duffy is really helpful and has been a huge force in helping me make changes to confront my anxiety better. I value her help greatly.
Written on Aug 05, 2020 after therapy with Alexandra for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues