Alexis Lawless is a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating children and adolescents who struggle with impulse control issues, problematic sexual behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders (anxiety and depression), victimization and trauma (abuse, neglect, attachment issues, community violence), substance abuse, grief and loss, and disorders with psychotic features. Alexis is passionate about working with at-risk youth and those struggling with self-esteem, bullying, and self-image issues.
Alexis graduated from Stockton University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with minors in Forensics and Behavioral Neuroscience. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova University, and has since gained her clinical experience while working in Outpatient Treatment with juveniles on probation, and Residential Treatment Facilities for adolescents with mental health issues and ASD. Alexis utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities within her clinical approach, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Therapy, Crisis Management – all extending from a trauma-focused lens.
Alexis also works with children and adolescents’ families to teach them DBT Parenting Skills, including communication skills and dialectics, boundary setting, behavioral reinforcements, and overall coping skills while raising children who engage in problematic or dangerous behaviors that can become both distressing and debilitating at times. Alexis believes all parents and their children are doing the best they can, and that all individuals can benefit from skills for problem-solving, navigating stressful situations, and learning to “change the script” to reach their identified Life Worth Living goals. Alexis’s use of mindfulness practice, cognitive restructuring, and contingency management, in combination with providing a validating and nonjudgmental environment, works to help individuals and their families adapt to change, increase self-regulation, and foster connection and trusting relationships.