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Black Lives Matter

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

At Alexandria Place Therapy, we believe in standing together with our clients and our larger community, to listen and offer support in times of crisis.  Our country is indeed in crisis, and we stand in firm and unwavering support of the belief that Black Lives Matter.  We will work to support this movement of positive change and growth.  We understand the ramifications of multigenerational trauma and acknowledge the pain and anguish that accompanies such a heavy weight.  We commit to continuously educating ourselves about how we can understand and elevate voices that are marginalized and silenced.

We share the following resource as an opportunity for learning.

Art by: Sacrée Frangine (

Covid-19 Family Resources

Friday, March 13th, 2020

At Alexandria Place Therapy, our goal is always to provide a safe, supportive environment for our clients, both children and adults.  Today, with the threat of Covid-19, we understand that everyone is looking for guidance about how to manage their own worries, and the worries of their kiddos.  We have put together a list of some of our favorite family resources.  It might be helpful to sit down and talk together about what’s happening, and provide some space for children to share their questions and worries together with you.  And, as parents, it’ll be important to remember to practice good self-care, in order to better be able to support your children.

It’s also a good idea to find some family friendly activities to help refocus our energies away from these worries.  These might include: family game night, movies together, taking walks or hikes in this beautiful spring weather, cooking or baking together, and working on some fun craft activities.  In addition to the resources below, you’ll see our wellness update for clients, that will fill you in on how we are doing the very best we can to continue to offer a safe and supportive space for our clients in our offices.

And, let’s keep in mind the comforting words of Mr. Fred Rogers, in times of crisis:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Our Favorite Kiddo Resources


Alexandria Place Therapy Wellness Update

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Alexandria Place Therapy Wellness Update

Updated March 13, 2020

Given the current and ongoing concerns about keeping everyone healthy, Alexandria Place Therapy wants to clarify our policy on cancellations due to illness and assure you that we are taking necessary precautions to clean and care for our space.

We ask that at the start of each session everyone please wash your hands, either in the waiting room or second floor bathroom. 

If you (or your child) are feeling unwell, with or without fever, we ask that you please plan to stay home and either cancel or reschedule your appointment.  Please be in touch with your therapist directly, as soon as you’re aware of any sickness, even if you are undecided about whether or not they may be better in time for your/their appointment. Telehealth is an option when indicated.

If you have recently travelled or have reason to believe you have been exposed to the illness, please be in touch with your therapist directly to determine a safe plan forward.

There will be no charge for cancelled appointments due to illness as long as you have notified your therapist.

Our cleaning team and our clinicians are taking extra precautions at this time.  We are sanitizing our toys after each session and all stair railings and door knobs will be wiped down a minimum of three times per day.  Feel free to talk with your therapist about any concerns you may have.

We ask that everyone take into consideration that many of our clients and/or members of their families are vulnerable to illness and we want to be sure that our space is a safe space for all.

Clinical Opportunities

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Alexandria Place Therapy is seeking dedicated and dynamic therapists to add to our established and growing practice.  We are a small group practice in Old Town Alexandria and work with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  We incorporate play and expressive therapies in much of our work with clients and believe the therapeutic relationship is key to healing and positive change.  We are looking for someone who values a team atmosphere and collaborative work as we are committed to continued learning from the larger community and each other.

Candidates should have experience working with children and/or families and be available to work evening hours and/or weekend hours.  Full and Part Time position available.

If you are interested in the position, please send your CV and cover letter to

Welcome Jennifer Lerma, MSW

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Alexandria Place Therapy, LLC welcomes Jennifer Lerma to the Alexandria Place Therapy team.

Jen is a Supervisee in Social Work and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shepherd University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from George Mason University.

Jen has experience working in elementary school social work with children and adolescents, along with their families. Jen works with children and families, adolescents and adults experiencing ADHD, anxiety, family changes, depression, adjustment, and grief and loss.

To learn more about Jen, we invite you to read her full bio here .  We are excited to have her on the team and as a resource to the community.

Welcome to Erica Ahdoot

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Alexandria Place Therapy, LLC welcomes Erica Ahdoot to the Alexandria Place Therapy team.

Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of New York where she has practiced as an LCSW since 2006.  She is currently working towards establishing licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia since moving here this year. Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, and her Master’s in Philosophy in Social Welfare at CUNY Graduate Center/Hunter School of Social Work. She is currently a doctoral candidate with a focus on parent engagement with schools.

Erica employs an integrated approach to therapy,  providing individual, group and family therapy to treat issues of attachment, adjustment, trauma, loss, toxic stress, and familial disruption. Erica has used play and talk therapies to work with children and their caregivers, whose lives are impacted by family violence, loss and separation. She has facilitated parenting support, psycho-educational and process groups, groups on loss for children and adolescents, social skills groups and teen support groups.

To learn more about Erica, we invite you to read her full bio here.  We are excited to have her on the team and as a resource to the community.

Welcome to Melanie Froemke, MSSA, MSW, LGSW

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Alexandria Place Therapy, LLC welcomes Melanie Froemke, MSSA, MSW, LGSW as a Supervisee in Social Work to the Alexandria Place Therapy team.

Melanie received her undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and then pursued her Master’s of Science in Social Administration (MSSA/MSW) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has specialized training in trauma-sensitive yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

As a yoga, mindfulness, and meditation instructor for many years, Melanie understands the distinct mind-body connection, and offers expressive therapies to meet each client. Through expressive arts, mindful movement, meditation, mindfulness, and evidence-based practices, Melanie establishes a distinct therapeutic connection and provides the space for healing and growth.

Melanie provides treatment to children and families, adolescents and adults managing issues of depression, anxiety, adjustment, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma and loss.

To learn more about Melanie, we invite you to read her full bio here .  We are excited to have her on the team and as a resource to the community.

Welcome Heather Colby, LCSW, RPT

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Alexandria Place Therapy, LLC welcomes Heather Colby, LCSW, RPT to our team.  Heather practiced in Texas (in agency and private practice settings) for more than a decade before joining our practice here in Virginia.

Heather provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults managing issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, and loss. Her expertise is in providing support to children and families struggling with behavior and relationship concerns, including those rooted in trauma. She believes strongly in the power of play therapy to help children.

To learn more about Heather, we invite you to read her full bio here.  We are excited to have her on the team and as a resource to the community.

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Now that August is here there are only a few more weeks left of summer. Make August memorable for your little ones by trying out some of these local and easy-to-do ideas:
  • Go on a nature hunt. Look for leaves, sticks, flowers, bugs, animals, colors, textures
  • Try out one of these kid-friendly at home science experiments like making dry ice bubbles or a kid-safe lava lamp
  • Finger paint the sidewalk
  • Host an ice-cream social
  • Make a water obstacle course outside with buckets, water-filled sponges, sprinklers, and water balloons
  • Visit a local museum
  • Have a picnic
  • Take a trip to Burke Lake Park for mini golf, train or carousel rides, or to stroll around the lake
  • Play hang man or tic-tac-toe with chalk outside
  • Play a board game or cards as a family
  • Camp out in the backyard or create camp night in-doors with s’more fixings, hot dogs, and story telling
  • Make a countdown to school paper chain

Welcome Alexandra France, LCSW

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Alexandria Place Therapy, LLC welcomes Alexandra France, LCSW to our team.  Alexandra has been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families for over twelve years.  Alexandra is a Registered Yoga Teacher and has specialized training in using child centered play therapy, relaxation, mindfulness, and expressive arts modalities.  Alexandra often uses positive psychology, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy in her work with clients

To learn more about Alexandra, we invite you to read her full bio here.  We are excited to have her on the team and as a resource to the community.


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