Alex Stitt, MA
In his over ten years experience working with troubled youth, Alex developed a deep passion for both philosophy and experiential healing. Alex earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he studied identity acquisition in both academic and non-profit mental health programs in one of the most culturally diverse states in the country. As a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Advocate and an Ally and Safe Zone Trainer, Alex specializes in therapeutic modalities and psycho-education beneficial to young adults developing a multifaceted self-construct. Such modalities include humanistic person centered therapy (PCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Horticultural Therapy (HT).
Alex’s desire to combine humanistic person-centered therapy with Rites of Passage led him to work as a Program Guide facilitating Pacific Quest’s experientially powerful Rites of Passage journey: Huli Ka’e. Presenting students with the unique opportunity to cross a self-defined threshold, Huli Ka’e follows the Hero’s Journey, through which students explore their value constructs to laim their true intention and embrace their locus of control and responsibility. Alex has also worked as a grief counselor for bereavement programs and as a campus mental health counselor. All of these experiences have given Alex a rich understanding of the ordeals facing 21st century post-millennials.
Alex’s publications include an article in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to LGBT populations struggling with self-acceptance. By accepting all emotions as distinctly formative routes to self-empowerment, ACT debunks avoidance strategies to find peace via a complete emotive experience.
In his spare time Alex enjoys writing novels, producing art shows, and fire dancing.