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Alex Bassiri

(he, him)

Hello, I’m Alex, and I’m so glad you found me here. I believe that most people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors make sense when we understand them from a place of curiosity and compassion. In therapy, I try to build strong relationships and create a safe and comfortable space for clients to explore and understand their own internal worlds.

I am one of the owners of The Treehouse, and I am currently finishing my master’s degree in counseling from UNM while I complete my internship at Engage & Ignite Counseling. I will begin seeing clients at The Treehouse in January of 2025, and I also handle much of the billing and administrative work at The Treehouse.

I have a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from Northern Arizona University, and I recently retired from the Albuquerque Police Department where I worked for 13 years. For most of that time, I was a detective in the Special Victims Division, Sex Crimes Unit, where I learned the power of sitting with people during difficult times. I found that building relationships with survivors was usually much more valuable than any of the law enforcement services I could provide, and I was honored by the many stories that were shared with me over the years. This ultimately led me to change careers and become a counselor.

I consider myself a humanistic, strengths-based, and existential counselor. This means that I believe we all have the inherent ability to heal and thrive when conditions are right, obstacles are addressed, and we unburden ourselves of the shame and negative beliefs and feelings that we carry. It also means that I believe in the value of finding meaning in our lives, and especially in our suffering. I am a level-one trained Internal Family Systems (IFS) counselor, and my practice is largely informed by IFS. I have also received training in Gottman Couples Counseling, and I use techniques from a variety of modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Logotherapy, Somatic Therapy, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I love working with adolescents, adults, and couples.

I met my wife, Katie Bassiri, on the first day of college, and we have three autistic children. In my free time I love playing guitar, Brazilian jiu jitsu, cooking (which is really just my pathway to eating), reading, dad jokes, board games, exercising, watching Seinfeld reruns, ingesting a steady stream of coffee, being outdoors, and as cheesy as it might sound, counseling! Receiving counseling has been an incredibly valuable experience in my life, and I hope that if you decide to work with me, it will be a valuable experience for you.

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