Dr. Debbie Alexander is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats women’s health, depression and anxiety, grief, chronic pain and chronic illness, insomnia, PTSD/trauma, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary individuals, stress, low self-esteem, and life transitions. She also specializes in Women’s Health, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness, and Transgender Mental Health (including gender affirmation support). Her approach to therapy with all patients is based on a foundation of building a relationship and connection with patients, in order to provide a safe place to talk about the hard things in Iife. She views being a therapist as that of a fellow traveler journeying with the patient toward a better life and relationships. She is convinced that the greatest tool to healing is being seen and heard with compassion and reminding her patients that they are not alone; this is the ultimate balm to the open wounds of trauma and pain.
Dr. Alexander uses Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Positive Psychology, Existential-Humanistic, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapies to support patients in important life transitions (i.e., divorce, blending families, death of a loved one, transitioning into retirement, and parenting adult children).
In her free time, you will find Dr. Alexander playing the piano, reading a book, or spending time with her husband, adult children, two grandchildren, and beloved rescue dog, Cubby. She loves philosophy, embracing spirituality, being outside in nature, music, great conversations and humor, and a really good cup of coffee.
Education & Experience
Dr. Alexander received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, and a second Master’s degree in Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology / Palo Alto University. Following her doctoral studies, she completed a residency fellowship in behavioral health and transgender care at San Mateo Medical Center. Experience in substance abuse and sobriety support was acquired at a Seattle, WA medical clinic, where she worked with a medical doctor on a Suboxone treatment team for heroin and polysubstance abuse. Further training and experience were acquired on “Skid Row” at a Downtown LA medical clinic providing services to homeless individuals; and valuable experience was also acquired working with adolescents who struggle with the autism spectrum, transgender and gender identity issues, and severe mental illness.