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Alexandra Lawless

Academic Coordinator

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

“Leading from the Front!”
Dr. Alexandra Lawless is a native of Miami, Florida, but she currently resides in Baton Rouge, La, with her husband and stepdaughter. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and stepdaughter- they love to cook new recipes together. She enjoys traveling, going to the movies, eating at new restaurants, leisure television watching, shopping, and reading peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Lawless is an active Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Louisiana; a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida, and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). Her educational training consists of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling from Barry University, a CACREP accredited program; a Master of Arts in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern University.

As a licensed counselor, she has worked with individuals and their families using the following counseling modalities: individual, family, couples (including married couples), and group therapy. She has worked for Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice, a local charter school in Louisiana, and served as a Clinical Director and Consultant for several local community mental health agencies over the past few years.

Her philosophy of teaching in counselor education and supervision begins with setting a standard of excellent clinical practice and creating an environment where students can learn and develop essential counseling competencies and skills, practice high-quality professionalism, and establish a professional identity as a counselor. She believes the most useful tool in effective teaching in counselor education is the parallel process of the client/counselor and student/educator relationships.

Dr. Lawless’ role as a Counselor Educator is to prepare counselors-in-training for clinical practice as an active change agent. To do so, she focuses on providing learning opportunities and experiences that generate high levels of self-awareness, critical thinking, professional and personal reflection; and one that cultivates and strengthen her students’ identity as a Professional Counselor.

To conclude, searching for relevance, meaning, and practical experiences is a task for educators and students alike. This is her priority and her commitment to her students in every course she teaches. She hopes that her classes become a meaningful experience and one that intensely affects students’ career as a Professional Counselor in the future.