I’m so glad you’ve arrived.
My name is Alex Capraro (She/her) and I ama Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Texas with an emphasis in play therapy. As a somatic, holistic therapist, I incorporate a mind, body and soul connection. I want to hold space for all parts of you beyond what you might be thinking. I practice from a Gestalt perspective where relationships and connection are important for personal growth and self-awareness. My hopes for you is to have an embodied experience that is different than in typical relationships you might experience. I want to walk along side you and I want you to know you are not alone in this journey.
In therapy, I take non-traditional routes, such as sand tray, expressive arts, dancing mindfulness, and nature based therapy. We can meet at the office or outside along the Poudre River. With nature-based therapy, we can simply walk or fish! Whether we are outside or inside, I incorporate breath work through either visual guided meditations or reminding you just to breathe. I utilize my own self as a therapeutic modality through my own tone of voice and body language, such as how I talk or sometimes sitting next to you while you’re experiencing different feelings. Relationships are just so crucial to this journey and I want to offer not only words to give you comfort but my presence as well. I utilize most of my expressive techniques and play therapy techniques when working with youth. Cognitive development truly doesn’t develop in people until they are about12-18, which can make it difficult for folx around this age and younger to be able to engage in typical talk therapy. Play therapy allows children to express their experiences in a way that is more authentic to who they are. The toys symbolize their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that makes sense to them. Play therapy isn’t just “playing”.
Now that you know a little bit about who I am in the therapy room, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I’m originally from Southern California, moved to New Mexico for my undergraduate, and then to Texas for my Master’s. I struggled with my biracial identities as I didn’t feel like I quiet fit in with my predominantly white counseling program as a first generation Colombiana, while also feeling too white to be connected within Latinx communities. I’ve also felt this struggle in queer spaces as a bisexual whose had predominately male partners. I understand this struggle of having two feet into different communities. I’ve had my own struggles with secure attachment and experiences of healthy relationships. I label myself a survivor of domestic violence and hold a special place in my soul for those on that path. I’ve also struggled with my own experiences of religious trauma and have leaned into the practice of shedding beliefs that no longer serve me. All this to say I am human and have had my own experiences of healing and growth and wanted to share these aspects of myself with you so you don’t feel “othered” as you start the therapy journey.
In 2020, I felt an internal calling to draw closer to the mountains and moved to Colorado to pursue my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have found sanctuary in moving to the mountains. I am currently living with my partner that I have met out here. When I am not with clients, I love being in the mountains hiking or fishing. I love taking my two pups out on trails and exploring natural beauty and connecting to my own.
Alex’s top 5 songs to describe the therapeutic process
1. Growing Sideways-Noah Kahan
2. Sure Of-Caamp
3. Cut Deep- Matt Maeson
4. Cosmic Love-Florence + The Machine
5. Bird Set Free-Sia