She/her/hers pronouns.

During the social distancing advisement for COVID-19, I’m offering secure teletherapy online. All of my sessions will switch back to in-person post-pandemic.

I’m a registered psychotherapist with 12 years of professional practice. I’ve worked in both residential and day treatment programs for youth, and now I’m in full-time private practice. While I now offer mainly “talk” therapy, my bachelor’s and master’s training in music therapy keep my work playful and arts-friendly.

I work with youth and adults. I specialize in the following: “BPD” (which I prefer to call Linehan’s Profile); suicidal urges; self-injury; difficulties with attending school, work or appointments; moderation-positive addictions management; complex trauma related to oppressions and microaggressions; and gender-affirming care for trans, non-binary, gender-expansive and Two-Spirited people. I also see people who enact or are at higher risk of enacting abuse toward others, which they want to stop or prevent (including verbal, physical, sexualized or hate-based abuse); and people who want to unpack things that get in the way of their alliances or allyship with others with lived experience of oppression(s) (e.g., 2SILGBTQ+, BIPOC, people who use drugs, neurodiverse folks, dis/abled folks, people who navigate suicidal urges or self-harm, and people who identify with “BPD” or Linehan’s Profile). 

I bring a number of lived experiences into my work as a therapist. As a queer woman and as someone who lives with a mental health disability, I have some ideas about what it can mean to try to heal in a heteronormative and ableist world. As a Latinx adoptee and prospective adoptive parent, I have lived or witnessed in my loved ones many of the complexities, losses and resiliencies that impact various people touched by adoption and attachment trauma: birth families, adoptive families and adoptees. I also bring a lot of privilege into my work as a cis white middle-class settler. So I will definitely screw it up sometimes! But I am committed to anti-racism, trans allyship, neurodiversity and anti-poverty. This means getting back on the allyship horse over and over again, and not letting mistakes be an excuse to stop working at it. 

DBT

The main model I use in my work is dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). It’s a mindfulness-based approach that can help you to gain insight about what’s going on in your body and in your life, and what the links might be between some of these things. This insight can help you to bring kindness and acceptance to your reality just as it is (losses, adversities, oppressions and all). The paradox is that this accepting stance can be the thing that help you to shape and change your reality into one that you find to be safer, more just, more fulfilling and more sustainable for you and the world.

Some of my youth clients have told me that I’ve got their back, that I hear them and that I’m a bit of a weirdo (compliment, I swear). Many of my adult clients have told me that they appreciate my casual, transparent and at times irreverent style, which I have to credit my youth clients for teaching me over the years! Clients of all ages have told me they appreciate my ability to “be there” with them in their places of incomprehensible suffering. I think this might be something about how I embody the dialectic of lament versus radical acceptance: It’s been so important for me to embrace these “both at once” in my work, communities and in my personal history. 

Services and Fees

All sessions are 75 minutes and weekly. I charge $200 per session, and I pay for any of the tax (and offer a sliding scale that ranges from $130-$195 per session). Included at no extra cost are between-session DBT phone coaching calls. I offer sessions at the Healing Collective on Tuesdays (early morning until late evening) and Thursdays (early morning until afternoon). I offer a free 45-minute phone consultation, for us both to see whether we might be a good fit together. If a parent or other support person is helping you to vet potential therapists, good on you for delegating! I’m happy to talk to whichever or both of you if you prefer, and you can call me together or separately.

Free DBT-Centred Services for Youth in Financial Need

I offer a limited number of no-cost DBT-centred services to certain youth who have significant financial need. For more info about this, please visit this web page http://lindanpsychotherapy.com/free-dbt4youth.

AVAILABILITY

My practice usually runs at pretty full, with up to a few spots being available at a given time as clients move on.  Unfortunately, some amount of wait is the norm with specialized DBT-centred services. Please visit my home page for info about any currently available spots and my wait-list at  lindanpsychotherapy.com, and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to book a free phone consultation. 

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Name:Alejandra Lindan

Specialty: BPD, moderation-positive addictions management, self-harm, suicidal urges, complex trauma related to oppressions and microaggressions, youth 12 and up, adults. 

Degree: Masters of Music Therapy