At Symmetry Counseling, we are proud of our staff of highly trained and experienced licensed mental health professionals. In the video above, you can get to know Alex Fliess, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at our practice.

What made you decide to become a therapist?

I decided to become a therapist shortly after undergrad. I was working on a career development grant through the National Institute of Mental Health, and my supervising psychiatrist was very interested in my own professional growth. Through his mentorship, I was able to really explore what would be the best avenue for me, and how I could best reach my goal of becoming a therapist.

What are your specialties?

As for my specialties, I see both individuals and couples, and really work on building relationships, whether it’s a relationship with a partner or with yourself, but really trying to strive through to figure out what is your next goal and working on becoming unstuck.

What is your therapeutic stance?

From a therapeutic stance, I really like to be as flexible as possible. My goal is to meet you where you’re at, and figure out what’s going to make you to reach the next level of success and make you feel like you’re making positive change in your life.

What do you enjoy about being a therapist?

As a therapist, I really enjoy meeting new people. I like hearing the stories everyone has to share and everyone has to tell and how those stories are going to shape you into your future.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

If I were an animal, I would probably be a hippo. I really like hippos. I think that people don’t appreciate them enough.

What do you do for self-care?

For self-care, I read a ton. I am a stress baker. I also like to run and do yoga.

What are your hobbies?

Again, with my hobbies, reading. I am an avid reader. Something that many of my clients and I always share in session is, what are we currently reading? What are we interested in? So that’s really important and something I like to share. I also knit, play guitar, and spend a lot of time with my three dogs and my cats.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I work at a school when I’m not here at Symmetry, so by habit, I have to be an early riser.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is, “Be yourself—everyone else is already taken” from Oscar Wilde.