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Alex Farquhar-Leicester, M.A.

Doctoral Intern


Education & Training

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Davis. During my time at UC Davis, I also completed the certificate program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). I received my non-terminal Master of Arts in Counseling from UNL. I have worked across several clinical settings during my time as a PhD student: rape and domestic violence crisis center, college counseling center, rehabilitation hospital and private practice. I underwent substantial training in psychodiagnostic (mood and personality concerns) and neuropsychological (traumatic brain injury, neurodiversity [ADHD, Autism]) assessment during the latter part of my clinical training, prior to transitioning to UNC. In my role as a therapist, I have had the privilege and honor of working with many diverse clients, partially LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC young adults and found a passion and joy for working with those who are marginalized.

Current Roles

As an intern at the counseling center, I offer individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, assessment, outreach and consultation and supervision to practicum students.

Therapeutic Approaches

My theoretical orientation is comprised of an integration of Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT) and Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT). In my approach to therapy, I utilize an intersectional, multicultural and trauma-informed framework. Also, I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness techniques as supplemental, evidence-based treatment techniques based on the unique experiences and needs of my clients. I believe the relationship we have to ourselves and others is one of the most important aspects of our mental health and well-being. I view clients as professional peers and equals—people who have valuable insight and contributions to the learning and growth of each of us, individually and collaboratively, in the work we engage during therapy. I also believe that our social locations/positions (i.e., identities) are inherently tied to systems of power. In this way, I think it crucial to discuss and attend to, as applicable, the many ways in which our works relates to our identities and the spaces we occupy. Lastly, I believe that there are many paths that lead to knowledge, understanding, and change. Because each of us is only aware of some of those truths and paths, both clients and therapists must stive to be open to new perspectives and new paths to truth and change. I approach supervision from both a feminist-multicultural and developmental model. When working with supervisees, I tend to empathize the development of a theoretical orientation, clinical skills (e.g., cultural humility, process comments), ethics, and multicultural competency. I believe that all parties bring something different and valuable to the supervisor-supervisee relationship, and, as a result, both parties will be learners and teachers. Safety and mutual respect are a shared responsibility and are, in many ways, a precursor to any meaningful learning and growth. Lastly, I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your clients and the work you do with them—as such, I try to share power in the work we collaboratively engaged during supervision.

Clinical Interests

About Me

I am a White, queer, neurodiverse person from an educated, middle-class background. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. I love to read, surf, cook, camp, hike and write poetry. My fiancé and I have a mixed-breed (Shepard and Beagle) dog named Happy and a parakeet named PePé. We also have a bonsai garden. I look forward to the possibility to work with you!