Alexander A. Avila, M.A.
Individual and Couples Counselor
Concerned for each client’s future success and helping them reach their counseling, relationship, and life goals, I believe that providing therapy is more than a job. My principal goal is to make each client feel comfortable. If I am not the best match for your specific counseling needs, I will arrange for you to meet with another therapist or refer you to services that might more effectively match your needs. Additionally, I will recommend current and relevant resources to enhance your personal counseling experience.
Honesty. Respect. Integrity. Confidentiality. Professionalism. These guiding principles inform my work with clients as well as my interactions with colleagues, family, and friends. Through open, honest, and respectful communication, I seek to model healthy relationship behaviors and communication skills for my clients. Maintaining a healthy emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual balance also allows me to achieve excellence on personal and professional levels.
Moreover, I believe spirituality is a strong component for reaching optimum levels of life satisfaction. For me, Christian values and aspects inform my daily living. As a professional counselor, however, I do not impose my personal spiritual beliefs and values on clients. For your benefit, my graduate-level counseling training has equipped me to incorporate your spiritual preference (or religious or non-religious beliefs) with other life components to help you reach your specific goals. While meeting with me, your background and belief system will always be respected and valued.
My Training and Experience
I hold numerous hours of professional experience counseling individuals and couples on a variety of life issues. I earned a master’s degree (with honors) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and hold a bachelors degree (graduating Summa Cum Laude) with a dual major in Psychology and Business Administration.
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Body-Centered Psychotherapist (CBCP). I have obtained intensive academic and experiential training as a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician.
I am certified to administer the research-supported PREPARE-ENRICH inventory to engaged and married couples. I have also earned a certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management and have obtained safety planning instruction in the global Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) model. I maintain Spanish-language proficiency as well.
I am a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR International Association, Colorado Counseling Association, and Colorado Association of Psychotherapists.
I counsel, teach, and consult with others. I proactively seek learning opportunities and frequently attend professional trainings to remain current in the counseling field in my specialty areas as well as in popular mental health topics. I enjoy teaching on relationship issues and various life struggles while bringing awareness to help people live more satisfying, fulfilling, and peaceful lives.
I am also an active proponent in promoting preventive measures to help people experience optimal health and safety in the community. Maintaining key partnerships with local and regional organizations help me achieve this important aspect of my personal mission.