Alexa Rodell, LCSW, is an integrative psychotherapist. She’s intuitive, deep, beautiful, fun, and so, so wise. She’s not cookie cutter and she’s not what I think of when I think “psychotherapist.” She’s vibrant, peaceful, joyful, kind, and connected. I asked her to share a little about her work.
I believe the best way out is through, I also believe the "through" is better navigated with someone at your side. My philosophy is to serve as a guide, by creating a safe, judgment-free environment, while utilizing an integrative, holistic approach based on individual needs. I believe in a collaborative process, where we can work together to cultivate hope, meaning, and change. I also believe in the healing power of unfiltered emotion and deep presence. You may shed tears at times, you may even laugh, but you won't experience either alone. — Alexa Rodell, LCSW
Alexa specializes in:
Trauma and the very human problem of shame
Identity Development and the process of individuation
Anxiety, Depression, and General Discontentment
Increasing positive self-worth and the feeling of “enoughness”
Shoot Planning and Preparation
During our pre-shoot conversation and planning session, we talked about who she is and what aesthetic she wanted to create on the web and in social media. We discussed the color palette that spoke to her, ideas on wardrobe and styling, the inclusion of professional hair and makeup, as well as locations that would help us tell her story and meaningfully connect with her soon-to-be clients.
Alexa wanted an inviting, relaxed, organic feel that was true to her approach with clients and to herself. We identified a number of locations that supported those requirements including natural open spaces, inviting shared spaces, areas with greenery mixed with natural textures and backdrops, and her own personal space.
Alexa selected a half day shoot and chose to add hair and makeup. Staci, one of my team of hair and makeup artists, arrived at Alexa’s home and prepared her for the shoot. Upon my arrival, we finalized our plans and headed out to our multiple planned shoot destinations including a special beach location, organic themed outdoor shops and dining, and finally back to her personal space. Alternate wardrobe and styling were used at each location so the final pictures didn’t feel like they were all from one shoot and provided more visual variety.
Shot with natural light and great care, I hope the resulting pictures I created for Alexa evoke a sense of joy, invitation, and warmth. I feel like we achieved her vision and I’m looking forward to our next session where we’ll be expanding her branding and content and capturing her interactions and relationship with her clients within the setting of her new office space.
Alexa worked with an incredible web designer, Monica, at Hold Space Creative (https://www.holdspacecreative.com/), who brought her dream website to life. With a clear vision, a talented web designer, coordinating color palette, and beautiful photography Alexa now has a vibrant platform to attract the clients that she’s meant to support.
I knew that having professional photos taken was the next step in growing my business, but I was not looking forward to it. I was nervous and worried about looking silly. Natalie made the process more than painless— she made it fun! She was warm and playful, and made it feel like more of an adventure than a "staged shoot."
What I loved, even more, was the fact that Natalie took the time to understand my business and my vision. She took my thoughts (which were a bit all over the place) and turned them into a cohesive story.
If you're asking yourself whether or not it's worth the investment— it is! I could not be happier with the results, and look forward to working with Natalie in the future! — Alexa Rodell, LCSW
Are you looking to create or refresh your brand and visual identity? Let’s connect. I’d love to help you tell your story, build your business, and reach your clients through beautiful custom photography.