Alex Bleiweis, LMSW

About Therapist Alex Bleiweis:

Hey there! My name is Alex Bleiweis and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) at Montgomery County Counseling Center. Therapy can often be a serious and purposeful experience. But I believe it can also be the most fulfilling and rejuvenating part of your week.    We can work together to help make sense of yourself and the world around you. We can find the motivation to make changes in your life and to address unhelpful thinking patterns that may cause distress. In this space, I invite you to share whatever’s on your mind, whether there is a specific problem you would like to address or you just need a listening ear because talking to your friends just doesn’t seem to help. Everyone can benefit from therapy and I already appreciate you for taking the first step. 

In therapy, the relationship between the client and the clinician is key.  For this reason, I work best with those who are seeking a long-term partnership, however, I am also comfortable working in a goal-oriented and solution focused style.  I use humor and authenticity to create a warm and enjoyable environment and am truly motivated to help you live your best life. 

Afterall, how often are you able to hit the pause button in life and have a safe space to talk about your challenges, relationships, transitions, fears, or just have a chance for self-discovery?! Let’s face it, life can be challenging! That doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you.

Education and Experience as a Therapist

Originally from New York, I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 2012 and have been here ever since!  I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2021. Here, I was named the Student of the Year in my graduating class. My training is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and I typically operate from this perspective. I also ground myself in the principles of person-centered (Rogerian) therapy.  What does this mean?  It means I strive to be a non-judgmental presence for my clients in order to allow for a space where they feel most comfortable to express themselves.

Prior to joining Montgomery County Counseling Center, I completed my externship training at The Catholic University of America Counseling Center. I conducted individual therapy sessions with undergraduate and graduate students with a wide range of presenting concerns.  I also received training at Hearts & Homes for Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and homelessness.  In addition to working with teens and adults, I particularly enjoy helping college students and young adults navigate the challenges of “adulting.”  Having worked in high-ranking positions in government and hospitality before entering this field, I understand the unique challenges that come with finding your path in the professional world.

Specialties

  • High achieving students and young professionals
  • Academic stress
  • Career concerns 
  • Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gambling addiction
  • Technology addiction and other process addictions
  • Relationship & interpersonal issues
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Sexual Identity 
  • Chronic health issues & disability 

Personal Life

In the thousands of times I’ve been asked for a fun fact during an ice breaker, I always go with my favorite one: I’m a triplet! My favorite place to be is in my kitchen and I’m on a quest to cook at least one new dish every week. So far so good! I love to go on cruises and have visited countless countries with my family on past sailings. When not watching the New York Yankees or Jeopardy, you can bet I’ll be singing along to any number of Broadway musicals or catching up on podcasts! Sometimes it feels like I’m operating a small petting zoo with my poodle and two cats, but they keep life interesting and provide the best comfort! Plus, they’re super cute.  I look forward to meeting you!

Contact

Email: Alex@mccounselingcenter.com

Phone: 301-375-0287