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Alexis Herman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy to adults, children, and families as well as conducting psychological and educational assessments. She received her Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program in Washington, D.C. She subsequently completed a Predoctoral Internship and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, an outpatient community mental health agency that provides services for children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of psychological difficulties. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in several outpatient clinics, non-profit agencies, schools, and private practice.
Dr. Herman specializes in mood and anxiety symptoms, behavioral difficulties, trauma, identity formation, interpersonal difficulties, relationship/intimacy concerns, life transitions, and family conflict. She has experience, training, and interest in working with diverse populations, including the LGBTQ community. She often involves caregivers and other family members in her work with children to improve the wellbeing and psychological health of the entire family system. Dr. Herman additionally provides parent consultation to help caregivers effectively manage difficult behaviors and foster more loving relationships with their children. Her therapeutic approach integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic techniques, depending on what is most helpful for each individual patient or family. She knows firsthand the power of a safe and authentic therapeutic relationship, which entails patient-therapist collaboration to achieve meaningful treatment results that include symptom relief as well as the ability to face life’s challenges with more freedom and flexibility. Dr. Herman strives to help her patients better understand and ultimately change behavioral and relational patterns that interfere with their self-determined goals and desired outcomes.
Dr. Herman has been authorized by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards to practice telepsychology under the authority of PSYPACT. This means that she is authorized to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology and provide mental health services via HIPAA-compliant platforms to clients who live in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, or any state in which PSYPACT legislation is effective (click here to see the full list of PSYPACT-participating states).
Dr. Herman has received training in SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) therapy, a structured intervention aimed at helping parents better understand and target their child’s anxiety. She has also completed her training at the prestigious Beck Institute on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions for Youth. Finally, Dr. Herman has recently received her Child and Adolescent Trauma training certification.