Alexandra Morris is a therapist, teacher and artist.
She fell ill with ME/CFS, Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia at the age of 14, but was not formally diagnosed until age 21. Alexandra was forced to drop out of UCLA twice due to her debilitating neuro-immune conditions and it took her a total of seven years to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Alexandra became bedridden for three years during her early twenties and was hardly able to sit up, walk or stand. She experienced limb paralysis, mild seizures, fainting, vertigo, debilitating physical pain, brain inflammation, and difficulty eating and breathing. She progressively lost neurological control of her body. At her worst, she was unable to brush her own hair. Alexandra slowly improved over the course of a decade. Art and spirituality became her saving grace through intense suffering. Alexandra began to write poetry, draw, paint, explore mixed media, record music and start art journaling as a means for emotional survival. She began to raise awareness about these invisible diseases through her artwork and writing to the general population as a means of social activism.
Through a seventeen-year experience of chronic illness, Alexandra has finally experienced improvement in her health. With deep gratitude and humility, she has decided to dedicate her life to exploring how the arts can be used therapeutically in individual and group settings. She is currently getting her Masters in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is on the journey to becoming a Marriage Family Therapist and a registered art therapist. Currently, she’s a therapy trainee at Marin Head Start and is integrating expressive arts into the pre-existing curriculum. She has lead expressive art groups with epilepsy patients, traumatic brain injury survivors and children. She’s worked in the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean with children using the healing arts.
Furthermore, Alexandra has a private practice called Healing Light Therapy, in which she utilizes life coaching, meridian tapping, energy work and clinical hypnotherapy with her clients. Alexandra specializes in coaching individuals suffering from chronic health conditions.
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