background summary

Highly motivated clinical social worker. In 24 years, I have built a successful private psychotherapy practice with expertise in addictions, sexual abuse, depression and anxiety disorders; with extensive experience in cross-cultural and diverse populations. I have created innovative programs for patients with chronic mental illness; and developed new treatment programs in community mental health. I lead workshops in the United States and Mexico, using yoga, mindfulness meditation, writing and ritual as tools for healing. Before social work, my career included award-winning advertising/marketing executive and administrative assistant to a well-known developer.


Master of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work
graduating class speaker, editor Cause & Function, vice president
student government, dean’s scholarship. May 1983

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Business, Antioch University
Developed and taught curriculum “Eastern Philosophy and Western Thought: an experiential approach.” Wrote grants and facilitated experiential therapy programs for forensic patients. March 1978


Alexandra Rymland, LCSW-C (1983-present)
Private psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples, families, groups.

Clinical Social Worker III (1986-1997)
State of MD, Carroll County Community Mental Health Programs.
In this long-term career position, I started as a psychotherapist in adult community mental health, honing skills in individual, couples and family therapy as part of a skillful Interdisciplinary Treatment Team. I was responsible for assessments, treatment plans, case management, home visits and providing psychotherapy.

With proven expertise in systemic family therapy, written and verbal communication, I was chosen to participate in developing a unit for children, adolescents and their families. I provided individual, family and group therapy; liaison with courts and other agencies; case management; specialization in sexual/substance abuse. I served on the Governor’s Teen Suicide Prevention Team.

Adjunct Clinical Instructor, U. of MD School of Social Work (1989-93)
I taught and supervised graduate social work interns all phases of clinical and administrative social work, using Teaching Model for Supervision, a manual for field instruction I wrote emphasizing systemic psychotherapy in an integrated treatment approach.

Clinical Director, Carroll County Rehabilitation Program. I improved delivery of services to chronically mentally ill patients through development of effective in-service programs for therapists and staff under my supervision. I was active in community relations to remove the stigma of mental illness, edited the Policy & Procedures Manual and served on the Quality Assurance Team.

Psychiatric Social Worker, Gundry Hospital (1983-86)
This inpatient psychiatric hospital for women was focused heavily on treatment and systemic psychotherapy. In addition to individual, couples and family therapy, I created experiential therapy programs, directed psychodrama and wrote Psycho-education Model for patients and families. I served on the Community Outreach Team and PR Committee.

prior to social work career

Volunteer Activities Coordinator, MD Mental Hygiene Admin. (1978-81)
I created Volunteer/Community Relations Programs for inpatient community psychiatric hospital. Toward removing the stigma of mental illness, I organized a Citizens Advisory Board, produced and narrated a slide show and developed expressive therapy programs among State hospitals. I facilitated yoga therapy and psychodrama.

Community Organizer, Barbara Mikulski Congressional Primary (1976)
Wrote press releases and assisted volunteer/fund raising activities.

Marketing Projects Manager, National Brewing Company (1968-71)
As National’s first female executive, my focus was marketing programs for women and young adults. I produced cooking with beer contests, an award-winning cookbook and slide show, and traveled nationwide as National’s spokeswoman.

Administrative Assistant, The Rouse Company (1960-67)
Managed office of vice president in charge of land acquisition, planning and design for Columbia New Town.


National Association of Social Workers (1983-present)
Walters Art Gallery Committee for Hackerman House (1990-91)
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center of Baltimore, Bd of Directors (1987-89)
Patuxent Institution Inside-out Cultural Exchange, Bd of Directors (1979-81)
Baltimore Tutorial Project, Bd of Directors (1968-70)
Mayor’s Committee for a Livelier Baltimore (1968-70)


Editor’s Choice Award, National Library of Poetry (1997)
Social Work Direct Services Award, State of Maryland (1991)
Community Service Award, MD United Way (1979 and 1980)
ADDY Award for Creative Writing & Design Excellence for
What’s Cookin’ with National, American Advertising Federation (1970)

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