Alexandra “Alex” Hind serves young women in the community as a Skills & Strengths Facilitator at HER Resiliency Center. Alex first started at HER in March 2018 as a HER Place, House Monitor. In her role as a Skills & Strengths Facilitator, Alex ensure safety and trust by using holistic, trauma informed principles that fosters healing and growth. Alex approaches peers with an opportunity to learn mindfulness awareness practices, meditation, and breathing techniques as tools for self care and self regulation. Alex does this through weekly one-to-one meetings with peers in the community. These meetings are spent mitigating crisis, short and long-term goal planning, and supporting long-term stabilization. Some of the ways this can be done is through helping peers get food stamps, housing, mental health treatment, getting sober or applying for college and employment.
Alex is passionate about her work at HER, and is able to bring a peer level experience with her when engaging with the young women. Alex battled her own substance use as a young person. As a young teenager she became involved with drugs and alcohol and found herself lost and in unsafe environments. She used substances as a way to numb her own trauma. Alex tried countless attempts to get sober and failed until she reached bottom and was out of answers. Alex found recovery almost 10 years ago and has learned not just how to be sober but to live a sober life filled with integrity, honesty, and service. She believes that everyone is born with an inherent wisdom and goodness and it is with her best intention to help HER peers connect to that once again. Alex recognizes that the longests distance in the world is 12 inches– that is — from the head to the heart.
Alex was born and raised in Washington, DC and prides herself on being a true Washingtonian. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado where she concentrated in psychological trauma theory and somatic therapeutic modalities.
Previously, Alex has worked as a mental health professional at AIM HOUSE transitional home for young adult women. There she provided one-ono-one support for individuals who are in recovery from substance use, eating disorders, and other mental health and behavioral health challenges. Alex organized and facilitated weekly support groups such as a women’s empowerment group and addictions and recovery group. She also served as an in home therapeutic companion at Windhorse Community Services and provided 24 hour support for clients with mental health challenges.
When faced with indecision Alex pauses to ask herself, “What is the next best loving thing I can do for myself?”