Alex Popa


From the time of his undergraduate studies, Alex felt led to pursue being a counseling professional. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts as a double major in Psychology and Human Services from Montreat College (NC), he began serving hands-on at a Christian home and school for children from crisis situations (Wears Valley Ranch, TN). Firstly, he served as a live-in Mentor and after getting married, he and his wife served as Houseparents for up to eight female students. After learning more about the challenges and joys that come with the process of healing from multiple types of trauma, Alex understood the need for further training and pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling. Alex served for over a decade at Wears Valley Ranch where he was the Director of the New Life Counseling Center for the last few years. At Wears Valley Ranch, Alex provided counseling to families in crisis, children and youth accepted in the program, and to the program staff (Mentors and Houseparents) and their children.

Alex provides counseling services to children and adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families. Alex is prepared to offer counseling services for challenges with anxiety, depression, family systems, adoptive/foster family dynamics, attachment, relational trauma and interpersonal conflict, self-concept, men’s issues, and spiritual wellness and growth. Alex utilizes an integrative and holistic counseling approach to assist clients in their pursuit of wholeness and health. Alex will tailor his counseling approach to each client and use curated concepts from Narrative Therapy, REBT, Solution-Focused, CBT, Rogerian/Person-Centered Therapy, and Adlerian Therapy.

Alex intends to meet every client exactly where they are in their life journey and join them on the path to better understanding themselves, their relationships, and the world around them. Alex believes every individual is intrinsically worthy of attention, care, and acceptance. Every person is unique and has their own story. Through a genuine therapeutic relationship, Alex believes that every person can be healed from their past, find joy in the present, and be equipped to reach their potential.

Outside the counseling office, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife Carlie and their two children, playing soccer, and practicing jiu-jitsu.


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