Hello and welcome to my Integrative Psychotherapy and Life Coaching practice! I have assisted thousands of people on their journey of healing, growth, and empowerment. I offer non-judgmental presence, compassionate support, and intuitive, knowledgeable guidance to help you reach your goals. My approach is informed by both eastern and western psychology, mindfulness, positive psychology, and mind-body tools to address the whole person. When we work together, you can expect to: gain insight into yourself and your life, understand and release the limiting patterns that keep you stuck, grow in self-compassion and self-acceptance, and learn mind-body tools to optimize health and wellbeing.
or Call Alexandra Arbogast, LICSW, LCSW-C at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 43030
More Info About My Practice
I specialize in phone/video-based sessions for greater ease, flexibility and affordability. I am also available for in-person sessions on a limited-basis in the DC-Metro area. Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more and we can schedule a free 15-minute phone consult. I look forward to hearing from you!
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My calling as a therapist and coach began with my own healing journey.
I like to say that I was both cursed and blessed to hit rock bottom at a young age. As a teenager in my last few years of high school, I started suffering from debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, bulimia, depression, and a nicotine addiction. I regularly skipped school and isolated myself in my room in front of the TV. I had zero self-esteem and my mind was plagued by fear and self-hatred. It was no way to live. I had always been a happy, social, and well-adjusted kid. How had I gotten to this point?
The answer to that is complex and not what I will focus on here. What I will focus on though is how I got better. My parents sent me to a clinical social worker. And what I learned there was more important than any class I ever took in school. I learned how to calm my mind through meditation, to breathe fully to relax my body, to self-soothe and be kind to myself. In essence, I learned that the mind can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Through a combination of causes, mine had become my worst enemy. And I was finally learning how to make it a friend.
This realization and the unfolding transformation (while it took time) was so positive and profound that I hungered for more. Over the next few years, I continued to get therapy, established a regular meditation practice, adopted a whole foods plant-based diet, and started yoga. As I found greater peace of mind, regained my health, and developed confidence in myself, I had more to give back. I got involved in service work and advocating for the rights of oppressed people, animals, and the earth. I realized that self-care is not selfish. When we are at our best, we have more to give.
In my third year of college, I had an epiphany that clarified my vocation and career path. I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico doing service work. One evening, I was meditating on a rooftop balcony underneath an electric blue sky and it came to me like a lightning bolt from heaven. All of the sudden I understood that personal transformation and societal transformation are connected. It is through healing our own minds and hearts and through becoming healthy and happy that we are able to spread kindness and compassion in the world. Lasting social change begins within. I determined then to become a holistic therapist and to help people the way I was helped.
Since 2005, I have been blessed to provide healing, coaching, and therapy to thousands of individuals. Much of this has been through my full-time position at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where, in 2010, I co-founded the Mind-Body Medicine Program and have served as the Program Coordinator and Senior Mind-Body Therapist. In this role, I work primarily with veterans and their families who are dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of war. Helping humanity to heal and grow is the main purpose of my life and one of my greatest joys.