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Dr. Alisa Hurwitz Talks Transgender Representation On Stage

With the launch of Tootsie’s national tour, the opening of Doubtfire on Broadway, and protests during Jagged Little Pill’s re-opening night, Beltline to Broadway’s Lauren Van Hemert talks to Dr. Alisa Hurwitz (Dr. Drama) about the importance of representation on stage and behind-the-scenes.

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About the Guest

Dr. Alisa Hurwitz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. Dr. Hurwitz completed her APA accredited internship at Mercy First Home in New York, providing psychological assessments for male adolescents in residential treatment and individual and family therapy for court-referred female adolescents in a group home setting. In addition, Dr. Hurwitz’s training has focused on cognitive behavioral and family therapy at Schneider Children’s Hospital, as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at North Shore Hospital. Dr. Hurwitz joined The Counseling Center of Nashua in the spring of 2010. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Division of Family Psychology, and the Asperger’s Association of New England. Dr. Hurwitz provides cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as family therapy. Her clinical areas of interest include diversity and identity, spirituality, trauma, and LGBT+. Her specialty areas include providing individual cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, structural family therapy and providing therapeutic support for transgender individuals who are in/wanting to begin the transition process. For every client, Dr. Hurwitz employs aspects of positive psychology in order to utilize individual strengths in treatment and views the person as a whole being who is more than the sum of his/her problems. Dr. Hurwitz has a passion for musical theater and writes a blog about the intersection of theater and psychology, which you can find at www.drdrama.com.

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