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“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

I remember the first time I heard this quote, it was like the missing puzzle piece that connected isolated thoughts, emotions and experiences. All of a sudden it made sense, why in my own life advice from others in time of emotional distress was unhelpful and was not what I needed. What I needed is to feel care, as Brene Brown puts it, it’s not what we say that makes things better but an authentic genuine and attuned connection. Connection is what heals hearts not information.

Alex Derevyanchuk, CADC II

Personally and as a professional, I’m always reading or listening to new material in order to improve my personal development as well as to improve my skills and abilities as a counselor, but none of that knowledge holds any weight if I am not foremost meeting you with empathy and care. Most of us know what we want and often even how to get it but our greatest challange lies in execution. I strongly believe that empathy, compassion, and care in a relationship is always followed by an authentic sense of security, stability, happiness, self-worth and self-esteem. Once we have these specific qualities, the motivation needed to execute is just a natural byproduct.


Working with me you can expect no less than empathy and commitment followed by a solution focused treatment.

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More About Me

I have over 10 years of clinical experience, working within residential treatment centers, intense-outpatient substance abuse and mental health programs, agencies, and private practice. I specialize in adolescent/young adult/ adult substance use, trauma, stress management, identity issues, and spouse and parent coaching. I offer individual therapy for all ages who are experiencing life challenges, and my passion is working with people of all walks of life. I use an individualized therapy approach to suite each client in their unique way, and am trained in ACT, Motivational Interviewing, EFT Tapping, and am also trained in Brainspotting, which is a leading trauma recovery modality.  I also have a vast database of psycho-education to share with my clients that I have picked up in the last 10 years from hundreds of hours of trainings, articles, and educational media.


Lastly, as you get to know me you might pick up on the fact that I am very passionate about what I do. That is because 13 years ago I embarked on my own journey of healing from addiction and trauma. Recovery is dear to my heart, it’s one of the hardest and most important decisions I’ve had to make in my life. I bet it is for you as well, so if I may, I’d like to say that it would be an honor to come along side of you and join you on your journey of healing and recovery.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out and start your journey today.

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Alex hlding a counseling session at his Fair Oaks office.
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