Alex Smith, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Telehealth Therapy

Warm, compassionate, direct

Alex is an Ivy-League trained therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a wide range of experience.  After completing her second master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Alex worked in the business world as a consultant and later the Consumer Insights Director of a global strategy and marketing consultancy, designing brand strategies for Fortune 500 companies.  During this time, she recognized the need for more executive coaching and wellness support in the corporate world.

After leaving her consulting role, Alex returned to her clinical roots and worked in the world of eating disorders, helping open the first Intensive Treatment Unit for eating disorders, where she treated some of the most behaviorally and medically complex cases in the country. She later became a Clinical Manager and then Clinical Director, overseeing all levels of care including intensive inpatient, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. She is also a gifted trainer and supervisor and was frequently sought after as a trainer and educator for staff nationally.  As a clinician who has recovered from an eating disorder herself, she loves showing clients that recovery and a life outside of an eating disorder are possible.

Alex is trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, and Positive Psychology and is well-versed in using both behavioral and psychodynamic modalities to help her clients heal the root of the issue while also providing practical skills.  She has a range of experience working not only with eating disorders, but also successfully treating those who struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, body image concerns, self-esteem, compulsive exercise, and trauma.  She also has extensive experience providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy across all levels of care.

In addition to providing telehealth clinical services at the Catalyst Center, Alex also provides Executive Coaching for those who are looking to successfully navigate corporate settings, resolve their imposter syndrome, and heal burnout.  

Alex’s style is warm but direct and she uses an eclectic approach based on her clients needs.  Though Alex only sees clients via telehealth, she is able to connect with you as though you’re in the same room. She has the unique ability to help her clients feel seen, understood, and cared for, while also providing open and honest feedback that helps them heal the root of the issue. 

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If you are seeking treatment for an eating disorder, I know that it can be incredibly daunting to imagine life without it.  Together, we will work to identify what’s keeping your eating disorder going, what purpose it serves in your life, and what needs to be healed, processed, or released in order for you to move forward without it.  I am also a strong believer that recovery comes from having a solid toolbelt of skills that you can reach for instead of your eating disorder.  We will customize your toolkit so that you leave every session with a tangible takeaway that can help move you towards recovery in your everyday life.

I know the kind of courage it takes to make that first step, or maybe you’ve tried therapy before and are nervous to try again. But if you are here reading this, a part of you knows it’s time for more support.  I believe in you and your ability to heal!  You are worthy and capable of the life you want, and I would be privileged to be a part of your journey. I look forward to working with you!


  • 2017 Masters of Philosophy of Education, Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • 2016 Masters of Science of Education, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • 2014 Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 2012 Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Advanced Training and Certifications:

  • 2022 Milieu Management Training, Eating Recovery Center
  • 2022 Therapeutic Hierarchy Training, Eating Recovery Center
  • 2020 Positive Psychology Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Recovery Center

Recent Presentations, Research & Publications

  • Mackenzie et al., (2018). “Social Emotional Competence and Classroom Culture: A Qualitative
    Analysis of a Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Program” 2018 AERA Annual Meeting   


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