Alexis Herschthal, MSW, LICSW
Alexis brings more than 10 years of experience working with children, families, and schools to our practice. Her warm, accepting manner puts children at ease and encourages them as they develop greater self-expression. Through connection and a strengths perspective, Alexis incorporates talk, play, and art therapy, along with cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, to support children in learning new ways of understanding and coping with difficult emotions. Her experience and training in behavior management offers parents practical ideas for helping their children develop, learn, and thrive. Alexis combines all of these skills to help families grow stronger and communicate more effectively.
In addition to many other issues, she treats children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and children on the autism spectrum. Alexis also works with children individually and in small friendship groups that focus on developing social, communication, and problem-solving skills with their peers, while improving self-awareness and increasing empathy for others. Her skills target consultations in special education needs, considerations for learning differences, and behavior management programs. Alexis works closely with teachers and parents to create plans for increasing positive behavior, building confidence and relationships, and improving a child’s functioning at home and school.
Alexis is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and an MSW from the Catholic University of America. She is the Director of Counseling & Student Support Services at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, in Washington, DC.