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Alexandria Beresford MSW, LISW-S, DBTC

Alexandria Beresford

Practices at the Anderson office.

Alyx Beresford MSW, LISW-S, DBTC, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and obtained her Bachelors’ degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Alyx is the director of the DBT® Center at Compass Point and is the lead facilitator of the adolescent DBT® skills training classes.

Alyx is trained in infant mental health, Play Therapy, Exposure Therapy (especially successful in treating phobias), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT®), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She enjoys reading recently published articles to stay abreast of new treatment techniques. Alyx has worked in several settings including home based therapy, private practice, school based therapy, group therapy and in community mental health centers. She treats clients of all ages at the Anderson office and her areas of clinical interest include family relational problems, attachment disorders, parent/child bonding, infant mental health, behavioral problems, grief and loss, body image issues, parent/teen communication, and childhood depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and working with victims of trauma.

Alyx has a client centered and strength based theoretical orientation, meaning when you work with her, she will help you identify and reach goals that are important to you while capitalizing on your strengths. She seeks to empower clients to make the changes in their lives with habits they identify as problematic. Alyx has a holistic view on treatment and feels that all family members should take part in the treatment of the identified client in order to help the client’s family system to be healthier as a whole.

You can follow Alexandria on her mental health blog at

More about Play Therapy

Play is the first language a child learns to communicate in order to get their needs met. Play therapy is highly effective in treatment of younger clients (typically aged 3-12), as they often struggle to find words for their feelings. Play is strategically used to help children find more adaptive ways to process and make sense of their troubles. Research supports the use of play therapy in the treatment of children with a wide range of social, emotional, and environmental problems (divorce, bullying, death of family member, trauma, illness, or phobias).

More about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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More about Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety and phobias. It is not just about “getting used to’ the feared stimulus; rather it involves retraining your brain to not trigger the panic signal when there isn’t a real danger. Exposure therapy can be successfully used in children and adults. Exposure therapy typically see’s results in 8-10 session; however results vary with each client.

More about infant mental health

Our brains and bodies grow more from 0-3 than perhaps any other time in our lives. Infant mental health is a specialty that seeks to optimize an infant’s social, cognitive and emotional development by working with the infant and caregiver. Treatment includes parent education, parent-child bonding, and optimizing the infant’s communication and confidence.

Areas of Specialty and Interest

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Play Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Trauma

The specialties listed are just a few of the topics that Alyx has experience with and is not all encompassing. Please call to clarify any specific questions you may have.

In-Network with the following Insurance Carriers

Aetna, Anthem, Beacon, Cigna, BHS, Healthspan, Humana, Interplan, Med. Mutual, Multiplan, Medicare, MHN, United Healthcare, Tricare

Alyx is currently working with insurance companies to become credentialed as in-network with most managed care plans. If you feel like they are the best fit for you and still want to use your insurance while they are credentialing we can still bill towards insurance companies using your out of network benefits or we can forego insurance altogether and the front office can quote you their private pay rates when you call to schedule.

To see current license information for this therapist please visit the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board License Verification website here and type their name in the search box.

Degree(s) and Licensure(s)

  • 2007, Bachelors of Social Work, Ohio State University
  • 2007, L.S.W, Ohio license #0701021
  • 2009, Master of Social Work, University of Kentucky
  • 2011, L.I.S.W, Ohio license #1101566


​Nothing seemed to be helping my daughter’s downward spiral into depression and anxiety until we found Alyx Beresford and her DBT skills class at Compass Point. Together we completed the full year of DBT in a group setting with other teens and parents. Each week, as my daughter gained mindfulness based coping skills and improved self esteem, she began to let down her guard and non-judgementally love herself. As a mother, I learned fantastic skills that help me parent all 3 of my children more effectively. My daughter will always battle anxiety and depression, but now she has coping skills and tools she can use when things get rough. I am so grateful to Alyx and the rest of our DBT group for a learning experience that changed both me and my daughter for the better. Hopefully we will both always remember to use our DBT skills when we need them!​


“I am so glad that I was able to begin seeing Alyx for therapy about two years ago. With her therapeutic guidance, I have progressed more in the time I’ve had Alyx as a therapist than in all previous 10+ years of therapy; not only is this visible to me and my treatment team, but also to my family and friends. She challenges me, yet is still compassionate. Compass Point’s DBT team has also helped me tremendously (Charles, Jen, Joanna, Jaquelin, Mary, and Kim have been ones that I’ve interacted with). I don’t think there are words adequate to convey what Alyx and Compass Point’s DBT team do for me… 🙂

To see current license information for this therapist please visit the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board License Verification website here and type their name in the search box.