Alex A. Avila, MA, LPC, ACS, CST, CSAT, CPTT, NCC, CAT, CBCP
Alex is passionate about healthy relationships! In his personal and professional life, he strives to speak and teach the language of experiencing connection and live and model a lifestyle of intimacy.
Personally, Alex is in constant awareness of improving (and of course, fully enjoying!) his relationships with his wife and son. His feelings of connection to his wife, Claudia, in multiple ways inspired him to write 40 Forms of Intimacy. His desire to help couples recognize the many ways they feel close to each other and develop a deeper intimacy also prompted this writing.
Professionally, Alex holds thousands of hours of professional experience counseling individuals and couples on a variety of life issues. He earned a master’s degree (with honors) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and holds a bachelors degree (graduating Summa Cum Laude) with a dual major in Psychology and Business Administration.
Alex is credentialed as a
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
- Board-Certified National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
- Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
- Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT)
- Certified Addiction Technician (CAT)
- Certified Body-Centered Psychotherapist (CBCP).
He has obtained intensive academic and experiential training as an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (EFT), the most successful couple therapy approach supported by research.
His training and practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps clients break free from trauma, phobias, depression, anxiety, and addictions.
As a Certified Sex Therapist, Alex helps couples identify and overcome blocks to sexual intimacy and recover the sacred design for a sexually safe and mutually satisfying marriage relationship.
He is certified to administer the research-supported PREPARE/ENRICH inventory to engaged and married couples in private and group settings. And as a Seminar Director, Alex also teaches the successful PREPARE/ENRICH approach to counselors, clergy and others.
Alex is a member in good standing with the following organizations:
- American Counseling Association
- International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals
- American Board of Christian Sex Therapists
- American Association of Christian Counselors.
Alex regularly counsels and teaches as well as supervises and consults with other therapists. He proactively seeks learning opportunities and frequently attends professional trainings to remain current in the counseling field in his specialty areas as well as in popular mental health topics.
He is passionate about teaching on relationship issues and various life struggles. Finally, he delivers all this advanced education through speaking to professionals and the public to help bring insights and skills to help people live more satisfying, fulfilling, and peaceful lives.