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Alex Garber, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"Helping Adults Find Greater Peace, Happiness, 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.
Learn More About How I Help Adults
Live Happier, More Fulfilled Lives
My Counseling Services
in Fort Lauderdale, FL
I work with 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 emphasize the mind + body connection. This approach allows me to support all aspects of you and enhances overall treatment.
I have a special calling for working with...
I love working with young adults who are seeking support surrounding challenges such as depression, anxiety, life changes, self-esteem issues, difficulty with/forming relationships, chronic illness and co-dependency. I enjoy teaching my clients about boundaries and empowering them to set healthy limits so they can say no when they want to and free themselves of resentment. My work aims to enhance and strengthen the relationship with self as one that can be trustworthy, reliable, and safe.
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, substance use/abuse, anxiety and depression.
Many of the LGBTQIA+ clients I work with have experienced a lot of societal or religious shame about their identity and struggle to move through life with this overbearing feeling of “wrongness.” Even individuals who come from a support family or family of choice experience so many challenges when being in a group that is oppressed.
These challenges can look like:
fear of holding your partners hand in public
fear of safety
apprehension about sharing details about your partnership with loved ones
and even the casual things like... not speaking up to correct someone when they assume you are in a heterosexual relationship
Inner child work is something I touch on often in sessions since many of our experiences as children shape how we see the world. Inner child work promotes a person’s ability to feel safe within themselves and therefore develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, a stronger ability to make decisions, keep promises to themselves and regulate their emotions.
Inner child work is a great tool that helps clients lean into better understanding themselves and out of patterns of judgement. This allows them to gain a better understanding and explore the possibility of forgiving both those who have hurt them, and themselves for not knowing better or having access to the right tools at the time.
Inner child work emphasizes the innate innocence we all are born with as children and allows us to connect to a person who perhaps feels unworthy, unlovable, out of touch and deprived. We tend to be hypercritical of ourselves. We’ve all heard the expression that "we are all our own worst critic". Unfortunately, this tends to be true more often than not.
Once engaging the inner child, we are able to fine tune a sense of compassion that otherwise is challenging to tap into, especially if our conditioning is that of judgement. Oftentimes this comes from an absent or judgmental caretaker, which then becomes our inner voice. Inner child work serves to allow you to acknowledge where your inner self talk comes from and begin to create your own inner voice.
Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents/Addicts or Alcoholics:
I find myself drawn to helping others who have experienced a chaotic, unsafe or dysfunctional parental relationship(s). Many of my clients have experienced or are currently experiencing some form of abuse or neglect from their caretakers, whether that be emotional or physical.
Majority of my clients who have trauma or come from households where their needs were not met will say things such as “other people have it worse” or “it wasn’t that bad” and part of our work together is normalizing and empathizing with the many challenging circumstances that one may have gone through.
When our caretakers are unavailable physically or emotionally, violent or angry, give us the silent treatment, are unable to attune to our emotions etc., it causes us to shift into survival mode in order to most safely meet our own needs.
Oftentimes children find themselves growing up very quickly, over-performing or acting out to be noticed, taking on parental roles or feeling all alone. The long-standing effect of this leaves us in survival mode later in life when we no longer need or want to be, which gets in the way of living life fully. With this, we see lots of substance use/abuse, people pleasing, fear of abandonment and co-dependency.
It is my aim to support my clients in identifying their experiences, work through boundary setting, forgiveness, establishing safe and positive support systems and enhancing emotion 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.
Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Neurodiverse Individuals:
I work 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.
I work with neurodiverse individuals on things such as: the building of social skills, increasing flexibility in social situations, aiding in developing a greater understanding of one’s own unique qualities and strengths, creating skills for coping with sensory burnout, reduction of self-doubt and self-criticism, development of anger management skills as well as to increase social success and emotional regulation.
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.
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
Just For Fun
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and friends. Nothing makes me happier than being around my people. I love making people laugh and all my closest friends joke that if I hadn’t become a therapist that I should’ve done some form of comedy.
I love rainy days, reading suspenseful books, watching full series of TV shows at once, organizing everything in sight, and eating all things Italian food.
Why Work with Me in Therapy?
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.
Get Started With Counseling Today!
I provide counseling for adults at our beautiful Fort Lauderdale office and online via our secure telehealth platform for those who reside in the state of Florida.
I offer complimentary phone consultations to answer any questions you may have and to see if we will be a good fit. I can be reached at 954-391-5305. I would love to learn more about you and how I can serve you on your path to ease, happiness and fulfillment.
I look forward to speaking with you!
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