About Alex Edwards

"I approach therapy with curiosity, humor, and care that I hope supports comfort and trust so that our sessions are accessible and fruitful for you."

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Why I became a therapist

I see therapy as an opportunity for liberation from dominant social narratives that don’t work for us as individuals or in our relationships. I love witnessing how the introspective work that happens in therapy creates a ripple effect of creativity, kindness, and intention in our lives, relationships, and communities. Seeing clients experience growth in the direction of honoring their experiences, values, and instincts is incredibly rewarding to me!

I became drawn to couple and family therapy as I became clear about the way I value relationships and relational healing in my own life. Landing in a career where I get to talk about love, care, and the entire range of feelings we experience as humans is a privilege, and it is humbling. I love experiencing all of those feelings as a part of my career!

Who I work with

I love working with queer individuals and relationships, including chosen families and any other relationship constellations that might not fit social norms. bell hooks said that queer experience is “about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” I hope that therapy with me supports that invention and creation for anyone who feels at odds with everything around them, for any reason.

I feel that the key benefit of being in therapy is the relationship between therapist and client as one where clients can build communication skills, practice boundary-setting, look inward at the roots of their beliefs and feelings, and try out new things. The confidentiality between therapist and client is unique, and it creates an expansive space for honest and deep work while being cared for and affirmed.

“I love working with queer individuals and relationships, including chosen families and any other relationship constellations that might not fit social norms.”

Working With Me

My approach is informed by narrative and collaborative therapeutic models, as well as grassroots disability and racial justice movements. I am sex-positive, body-positive, and queer and trans affirming. I approach therapy with curiosity, humor, and care that I hope supports comfort and trust so that our sessions are accessible and fruitful for you.

My hope is that my clients experience support and acceptance in our therapeutic relationship from our first meeting. From the foundation of that relationship, I believe that we can collaboratively find healing, connection, and a new imagination for building a life that feels good to you, whatever that looks like. I hope that clients find new and deeper ways to communicate and handle conflict in their relationships through our work as well.

Qualifications and trainings

  • I’m a registered yoga teacher and have been keeping restorative justice circles through mutual aid networks in Chicago for the last several years.

  • I have previously worked as an advocate for domestic and sexual violence survivors, and I keep the trauma-informed approach from that work in mind as a therapist as well.

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