Alexa Schrock

Alexa Schrock, LMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Eastern Michigan

Master of Social Work
University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Alexa

What is your favorite place?

Up north Michigan, more specifically Drummond Island

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I had the unique opportunity to be a preschool teacher at an inclusive preschool and have a passion for working with youth, so I imagine I would be doing something that supports and empowers children!

What is your favorite quote?

“I can do hard things.” – Glennon Doyle

What is your favorite way to move your body?

I love playing disc golf, doing yoga at home, and walks with friends or an audio book!

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Spend quality time with my partner out in nature – camping, disc golf, rock hunting, and spending time with my sibling and toddler nephew as much as possible.

Who is your ideal client?

I enjoy working with a range of clients! My ideal clients are folks looking for a supportive, empathetic environment to begin their journey to understanding, healing, and growing. Navigating grief, loss, or
significant change alone can feel overwhelming, and recognizing that overwhelm can be the first step that leads you to seeking support. Additionally, I enjoy collaborating with folks looking to empower themselves through finding more self-awareness, renewed perspective, and learning coping skills. I also enjoy being a supportive adult to children who are often misunderstood out in the world.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because of the power of the client-therapist relationship. I truly view this role as a unique honor to companion people through trying times. Everyone deserves to have a non-judgemental space to explore their vulnerabilities, and I enjoy using my skill set to hold that space for them, and help them through using the tools they already have, though may not fully know how to access. I also like helping folks to learn they are in control of so much more than they think when in an anxious mindset, and help empower them to navigate those anxieties safely. Collaboration in the therapeutic relationship is key!

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

It can take such courage to start therapy for the first time, and as a therapist, I fully understand that. I wish people understood that it genuinely is a space to be used as you, the client, need. And that therapists also enjoy the therapeutic relationship as much as clients do. We’re fans of you too!

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

I believe people benefit from therapy because of the unique therapeutic relationship. In this setting, there isn’t a back-and-forth cadence like typical daily conversations. Therapists are there to truly listen and understand and will work at that until clients feel understood. In other relationships, folks are less patient and understanding, which can leave people feeling like their needs aren’t met. In therapy, we focus on how to identify your needs and how to meet those needs, together.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I’d like for clients to know that I believe they are the experts in their lives, not me. They are here to teach me about who they are and how we can collaborate on their behalf. Additionally, while I very much value traditional talk therapy, I also really enjoy making a session more dynamic, such as using question cards, activities, drawing, games, and more. I find that sometimes a “tool” can make it feel easier to find the words we’re looking for to describe an experience and how it made you feel.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success in therapy is so broad! To me, it often looks like a client noticing a shift in their mindset or a change in their patterns. If you can reflect on how you felt at the beginning of our time together, and notice a change in your automatic thoughts or behaviors, that translates to “success” to me. But success can also look like showing up as best you can, even when it feels like a chore. That commitment to self is success too!

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

I like to be an advocate for dismantling the stigma of therapy. The human experience is almost universally a complex one, and I firmly believe everyone deserves a protected space they can use to unpack the parts that cling to them and cause them to feel “heavy, weighed down, and negative”.
While we can’t change the things that have happened to us, we can work to change how we view and carry those for the rest of our lives. How can there still be a stigma around therapy when you think of it like that?!

Populations:

Kids (6+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults (30 and under)

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Family Systems
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Narrative Therapy
    Person-Centered Therapy
    Play Therapy
    Psychoeducation
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
    Strength-Based Therapy

Professional Specializations

  • Anxiety
    Athletes/Former Athletes
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Bullying and Social Skills
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Educators
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Grief and Loss
    Healers and Healthcare workers
  • Life Transitions
    Mindfulness
    Other helping professionals and fellow therapists
    Personal Empowerment
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Stress
  • Work/Life Balance
Alexa Schrock LMSW

Alexa Schrock, LMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Eastern Michigan

Master of Social Work
University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Alexa

What is your favorite place?

Up north Michigan, more specifically Drummond Island

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I had the unique opportunity to be a preschool teacher at an inclusive preschool and have a passion for working with youth, so I imagine I would be doing something that supports and empowers children!

What is your favorite quote?

“I can do hard things.” – Glennon Doyle

What is your favorite way to move your body?

I love playing disc golf, doing yoga at home, and walks with friends or an audio book!

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Spend quality time with my partner out in nature – camping, disc golf, rock hunting, and spending time with my sibling and toddler nephew as much as possible.

Who is your ideal client?

I enjoy working with a range of clients! My ideal clients are folks looking for a supportive, empathetic environment to begin their journey to understanding, healing, and growing. Navigating grief, loss, or
significant change alone can feel overwhelming, and recognizing that overwhelm can be the first step that leads you to seeking support. Additionally, I enjoy collaborating with folks looking to empower themselves through finding more self-awareness, renewed perspective, and learning coping skills. I also enjoy being a supportive adult to children who are often misunderstood out in the world.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because of the power of the client-therapist relationship. I truly view this role as a unique honor to companion people through trying times. Everyone deserves to have a non-judgemental space to explore their vulnerabilities, and I enjoy using my skill set to hold that space for them, and help them through using the tools they already have, though may not fully know how to access. I also like helping folks to learn they are in control of so much more than they think when in an anxious mindset, and help empower them to navigate those anxieties safely. Collaboration in the therapeutic relationship is key!

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

It can take such courage to start therapy for the first time, and as a therapist, I fully understand that. I wish people understood that it genuinely is a space to be used as you, the client, need. And that therapists also enjoy the therapeutic relationship as much as clients do. We’re fans of you too!

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

I believe people benefit from therapy because of the unique therapeutic relationship. In this setting, there isn’t a back-and-forth cadence like typical daily conversations. Therapists are there to truly listen and understand and will work at that until clients feel understood. In other relationships, folks are less patient and understanding, which can leave people feeling like their needs aren’t met. In therapy, we focus on how to identify your needs and how to meet those needs, together.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I’d like for clients to know that I believe they are the experts in their lives, not me. They are here to teach me about who they are and how we can collaborate on their behalf. Additionally, while I very much value traditional talk therapy, I also really enjoy making a session more dynamic, such as using question cards, activities, drawing, games, and more. I find that sometimes a “tool” can make it feel easier to find the words we’re looking for to describe an experience and how it made you feel.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success in therapy is so broad! To me, it often looks like a client noticing a shift in their mindset or a change in their patterns. If you can reflect on how you felt at the beginning of our time together, and notice a change in your automatic thoughts or behaviors, that translates to “success” to me. But success can also look like showing up as best you can, even when it feels like a chore. That commitment to self is success too!

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

I like to be an advocate for dismantling the stigma of therapy. The human experience is almost universally a complex one, and I firmly believe everyone deserves a protected space they can use to unpack the parts that cling to them and cause them to feel “heavy, weighed down, and negative”.
While we can’t change the things that have happened to us, we can work to change how we view and carry those for the rest of our lives. How can there still be a stigma around therapy when you think of it like that?!

Populations:

Kids (6+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults (30 and under)

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Family Systems
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Narrative Therapy
    Person-Centered Therapy
    Play Therapy
    Psychoeducation
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
    Strength-Based Therapy

Professional Specializations

  • Anxiety
    Athletes/Former Athletes
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Bullying and Social Skills
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Educators
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Grief and Loss
    Healers and Healthcare workers
  • Life Transitions
    Mindfulness
    Other helping professionals and fellow therapists
    Personal Empowerment
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Stress
  • Work/Life Balance

Background

Alexa’s clinical experience began working in partnership with Middle and High Schools around Ann Arbor providing free programming for teens, focusing on social-emotional learning and other necessary life skills as an upcoming young adult. For the last 4+ years, Alexa’s focus has been working with children and teens ages 3-18 and young adults navigating grief and loss, as well as life’s challenges and transitions. Alexa has spent years supporting bereaved families as a unit and as individuals. Alexa’s most recent clinical experience is working within the school systems, supporting both bereaved students through clinical peer groups and the staff that is first in line to support student’s grief needs. Through this work, Alexa has solidified a passion for supporting kids, teens, and young adults as unique individuals learning to navigate life’s ups and downs.

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.