Alejandra Reyes is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in diverse clinical settings and schools.
She has an integral approach that may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mind-body practices such mindfulness, including trauma informed mindfulness and somatic experiencing. Her goal in providing therapy is to hold a safe and nonjudgmental space for clients to learn to be present with themselves in a whole integrated manner including not only their difficulties but their strengths and innate body wisdom to foster significant changes. Ms. Reyes uses a client-centered approach, and empathetically brings therapeutic skills to match the client’s needs. When working with children she has a team approach and incorporates Positive Parenting strategies to support parents with challenges at home and at school. She encourages consistent and congruent interventions when working with children and their families. She believes therapy is a collaborative dynamic process, and that clients can experience therapy as a space of integration, trust, play and curiosity.
She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from cultural adjustment issues, behavioral challenges, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. Her experience living in many different countries from a young age has immersed her in different cultures and has provided her with sensitivity to offer services to a wide range of clients and groups with unique and specific needs. Ms. Reyes offers therapy and testing services in both English and Spanish. She can also speak Portuguese and Japanese.
She earned her degree in clinical psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana and has a national certified license from Mexico. She completed her thesis on suicide survivors and bereavement.
Besides working for TELL, she collaborates with the British School in Tokyo, the Mexican Embassy in Tokyo, Loyola Center of Sophia University, the Educational Network for Spanish speakers in Japan and co-facilitates the Parent-Child Learning Support Group for families with school aged children with learning differences.
She is a yoga instructor, enjoys dancing and traveling (adventure!)
Key Concepts: integral approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mind-body practices, mindfulness, trauma informed mindfulness, somatic experiencing, client-centered approach, Positive Parenting strategies, children, adolescents, adults, cultural adjustment issues, behavioral challenges, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, suicide survivors, bereavement
o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.
o Play therapy: a type of therapy typically used for children who struggle with communicating emotional needs or feelings. The goal is to allow the child to express themselves through play, and for the play therapist to help process what the child may be having difficulty articulating verbally. Play therapy can be either nondirective—during which children are able to freely play, or directive—during which the play therapist may guide or assist play.
o Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is centered on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The goal is to reduce emotional distress and relationship struggles.
o Mindfulness: a set of practices based in meditation that centers on bringing attention to the present moment, independent of both the past and the future. The goal is to become aware of thoughts as they arise but not attach judgement to them—noticing thoughts in this way may help reduce anxiety and stress surrounding them.
o Trauma: informed mindfulness: a form of mindfulness that aims to allow an individual that has experienced trauma to focus on the present and separate the traumatic experience from the past, and the current moment.
o Somatic Experiencing: a body-based therapy used for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or situation. The basis of Somatic Experiencing lies in the understanding of an immobilization response we sometimes perform in response to a threat; when this occurs, the release of this immobilization is what allows us to return to our normal state. However, when we are not able to release this, we are constantly in a state of tension and ready to receive a threat. The goal of Somatic Experiencing is to mobilize the body and release the tension and trauma held within the body, and to process the emotions that occur as a result of this.
o Positive Parenting: a set of parenting techniques that help provide the child with the necessary skills to navigate themselves and the world around them, while simultaneously working to address the child’s needs and thereby encouraging a healthy parent-child relationship. The basis of positive parenting is to teach and guide, as well as nurture and foster the child’s sense of self.