Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Alex Jordan is a clinical psychologist in Belmont, MA specializing in anxiety disorders, trauma-related difficulties, depression, insomnia, and relationship challenges. He has special expertise in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, having served previously as the PTSD Expert Evaluator for the federally funded Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, and having completed his internship at the National Center for PTSD.
Through warm, collaborative, evidence-based psychotherapy, Dr. Jordan helps clients harness their strengths to break out of old patterns, discover new perspectives, and build the lives they want. Clients have described his approach as supportive, attentive, flexible, and appropriately challenging. Dr. Jordan is comfortable addressing a wide variety of complex concerns and is passionate about helping people achieve their most meaningful goals.
Dr. Jordan received his PhD and MA from Stanford University and his BA from Harvard University. He is a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct professor at the Tuck School of Business and the Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program at Dartmouth College. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in the New York Times.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Dr. Jordan is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $300 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $300/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Jordan can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I listen carefully and ask a lot of questions to tailor the treatment to your unique challenges, values, and life circumstances. The foundation of any effective therapy is understanding the client. I take an active and practical stance in the treatment, and I check in regularly to ensure that you're finding the process useful and that the therapy is helping you move in the direction you hoped it would."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 – Present
McLean Hospital, Staff Psychologist, 2017 – Present
Harvard Medical School, Instructor in Psychology, 2017 – Present
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, 2009 – Present
Dartmouth College Master of Science of Health Care Delivery Science Program, Faculty, 2011 – Present
O'Connor Professional Group, Consultant, 2018 – Present
VA Boston Healthcare System, Clinical Research Psychologist, 2015 – 2017
Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Research), 2015 – 2017
William James College, Adjunct Faculty, 2016 – 2017
Suffolk University, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, 2014 – 2016
VA Boston Healthcare System, Clinical Research Fellow, 2013 – 2015
VA Boston Healthcare System, Intern in Clinical Psychology, 2012 – 2013
Suffolk University, Certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology, 2013
Stanford University, PhD, 2009
Stanford University, MA, 2008
Harvard University, BA, 2003