Alex Steiner, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"Helping Teens and Adults Find Greater Peace and Fulfillment."
Are you overwhelmed? Anxious? Are you medicating so you do not have to feel? Are you not sleeping well? Are you overwhelmed with the notion of needing to be perfect - so much so that you haven’t allowed others to see your suffering?
Life can be challenging and sometimes it may feel as though life is unfair, we were dealt a bad hand or it is just too much to bear. You are not alone. Reaching out for help and finding the right person to be there in support of you can be two of the most daunting steps in beginning your path to awakening and transformation.
I want to remind you that even the strongest people need support in navigating certain parts of their lives. Sometimes we catch ourselves idealizing or looking up to people who can “do it all” on their own. We do this without realizing that too many of those individuals (perhaps even yourself) are doing so and suffering in silence.
You have the capacity to change the way you live your life. I believe we can change and grow every day if we are committed to it. My priority is to empower you to recognize the thoughts and/or beliefs that are getting in the way of you living your most fulfilled life.
I offer a warm, compassionate, intuitive open mind and heart. My goal is to create a safe space to allow you to release your pain and re-connect with your inner light and strength. I aim to empower you to break free from trauma cycles and create who you want to become.
My Services & Specializations
I work with teens (16 and up) and adults who are looking to commit to their healing, access their personal power and let go of patterns that are no longer serving them. I offer unique forms of individual counseling and like to take a mind + body + spirit approach.
I have a special calling for working with...
I love working with adults who are seeking support surrounding things such as depression, anxiety, life changes, self-esteem issues, difficulty with/forming relationships, chronic illness, co-dependency, insomnia and sexual abuse.
I work with LGBTQIA+ individual’s on topics such as: coming out, conflict with family and friends, acceptance, sexuality, gender dysphoria, gender identity, internalized homophobia, cultural issues, self-esteem, shame, intimacy, trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression.
Individuals in Recovery from Substance Abuse Addiction
Addictions affect a person’s mind, body and spirit through a devastating cycle. Oftentimes jobs are lost, life goals are put on hold and relationships are sabotaged or destroyed. Attempts to control the addiction through willpower, even if successful in the short-term, eventually fail as willpower becomes undermined by the forces which feed and sustain the addiction. I work with my clients and have great success in repairing the relationship with self as well as minimizing guilt, shame, anxiety, sadness, depression, hopelessness and despair.
Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Neurodiverse Individuals
I feel especially passionate about working with those on the spectrum for a number of personal reasons. You may also see I am using the word neurodiverse, as opposed to the term autism spectrum disorder. Neurodiversity is a movement that aims to change the way we think about autism. It rejects the view that autism is a disorder and instead sees it as a neurological difference, which simply results in a unique way of thinking and experiencing the world. This helps reduce stigma associated with being on the spectrum.
The aim of therapy for neurodiverse individuals is to: build social skills, increase flexibility in social situations, aid in developing a greater understanding of one’s own unique qualities and strengths, create skills for coping with sensory burnout, reduce self-doubt and self-criticism, develop anger management skills as well as to increase social success and emotional regulation.
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)
I specialize in a unique approach known as Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). This is a holistic and alternative mind-body technique which aims to get to the root of emotional pain, trauma and stress. This technique was actually founded by two chiropractors, who were encountering patients that were receiving the same chiropractic adjustments again and again, with the same issues persisting, despite intervention. The founders decided there was something deeper happening beneath the surface and created what we now know as NET. NET draws on a blend between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Techniques.
NET uses muscle monitoring to communicate directly with the body and assess a person's response to any given stimulus. NET also uses acupressure, where I will guide you to provide a light or deep touch on your own pressure points as part of the healing process.
You might be thinking, what is muscle testing? Simply stated, the body has within it and surrounding it, an electrical network. If anything impacts your electrical system that is not helpful to your health and body's balance, your muscles, when having physical pressure applied, are unable to hold their strength. (Muscle power = balance).
In other words, if pressure is applied to an individual's extended arm while the body is being adversely affected (by something like stress or trauma) the muscles will weaken and the arm will not be able to resist the pressure. When pressure is applied once becoming more neutral (less impacted by the stress or trauma), the muscles remain strong and will easily resist the physical pressure that is applied when using the therapy. We can think of this as similar to the "knee jerk reflex" we have. You may be familiar with this test - it is where the doctor hits your knee at a spot just below your knee cap and your leg kicks out.
NET is really unique in that you are able to use your own body as a mechanism to support and help guide your treatment, with you seeing the change in muscle strength (congruency with feeling better) as you go! When you are doing this, you are really able to access the complex's stuck in your body that are getting re-triggered in the present day.
For example, when we are becoming anxious and have no idea why - there is a reason why! Sometimes we may not be able to consciously put together what is happening, but our body is our best guide in telling us what is happening and what we need to return to baseline. This mind-body modality encompasses and engages all aspects of each individual and is really able to provide phenomenal results.
When doing NET with me, you can expect the negative charge associated with difficult feelings or trauma to minimize and to return to baseline, so that you can live your life to its absolute fullest.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been the person my friends and family have chosen to turn to in their darkest times. I truly enjoy helping and believe it to be a privilege to be there and hold space for those who need it.
Throughout my life, I have also experienced many of the things I now am able to help others with. I can use my experience to identify patterns of behavior due to past experiences and help navigate how to show up differently.
Additionally, as a person who does identify within the LGBT+ community I have dealt with many of these issues firsthand and am able to create a non-judgmental space, safe for all. I have served simply as a guide for those who have come to me for support and in doing so, those who come to me are able to pave the way back to being their most authentic selves.
I received both my Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
My post-graduate experience has included extensive clinical work with young adults and adults in inpatient substance use and mental health settings. In these inpatient settings, I provided short-term counseling services to those afflicted with substance use and mental health. My goal was to assist in stabilizing these individuals through assessing their physical, mental and spiritual needs and providing support as appropriate.
I have certifications and experience in things such as: Adventure Based Therapy, Neuro Emotional Technique, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQI 101: Ensuring Equality in Clinical Settings, Spirituality, Religion and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Just For Fun
I have a guilty pleasure for binge watching Netflix and Hulu (and I mean binge watching - like watching all through the night, watching.)
I have a 4-year-old cat that I rescued from my local shelter that has more sass than you and I combined! I love her to pieces no matter what. She was a little under the weather when I adopted her (super cute, sleepy and very calm) so when she perked up, we both were surprised!
I did a shark dive one year in Hawaii. No cage or anything. It was pretty exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. Hands down the scariest part of the entire experience - the seasickness! When we docked, I thought I would cry... I was so happy to see land. I proceeded to feel as though I was rocking on a boat for the next 2-4 hours or so. Dive at your own risk!
Why Work with Me?
I think that “connection” or feeling when you “just know” you have found the right therapist is the most crucial in being able to get the help you need. A dozen people could say the right thing but it would require the right relationship to trigger the change.
The clients that I work with tell me often that they have had a history of difficulty in connecting with their therapist and had given up on therapy as a whole due to this. I am really great at creating an open, non-judgmental and healing safe space for others - and my clients love this!
I like to dig deeper than a lot of therapists. I believe there is a great deal of trauma and stress which underlies our current presenting problems. We can think of this as a tip of the iceberg expression. Too often we are treating the presenting problem which has brought disturbance to our lives, while leaving the greater part (also known as the origin or cause) untouched.
Due to being left untouched, we continue to struggle and many parts of our original problem become re-triggered in the present day. This can be really frustrating when you are doing the work to get better and find yourself stuck in past patterns.
I specialize in something unique called Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). This is an alternative and holistic technique which seeks to get to the root of emotional pain or stress. Once we are able to get to the root of the issue and identify how it is affecting your life now, we are able to neutralize the disturbance it causes your life. If you would like to learn more about NET: click here
Get Started Today!
Contact me today to get your first session scheduled. I offer FREE 15-minute consultations to answer any questions you may have and to see if we will be a good fit. I would love to learn more about you and how I can serve you on your path to ease, happiness and fulfillment. I can be reached at 954-391-5305.