Bio: Alexis Custard, MRC, LPC, LCDC, CPC, ADS, CRADC, is a licensed therapist. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and her graduate degree from University of Kentucky. She has been employed in several areas of mental health including inpatient treatment for mental health disorders, working on an Assertive Community Treatment team, outpatient substance abuse treatment, conducting clinical assessments, private practice, within the prison system and community-based therapy. Custard enjoys working with clients and advocacy work. She has helped get Assisted Outpatient Treatment legislation passed in Kentucky and enjoys writing to give families and individuals with mental illness a voice. Her areas of expertise have been focused on mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders. She has been involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, The Association for Addictions Professionals and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Custard has self-published a two-in-one children’s book titled “Up’s and Downs” and “Different Faces” that she has read to schools to spread awareness about schizophrenia and narcolepsy cataplexy. Custard hopes to expand her licensure by becoming a clinical supervisor, obtaining her Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) credential and opening her own business in the future.
Why did you choose UWS?
I chose UWS because the professors in the program are well-trained and some have sat on Olympic committees. This let me know that they not only had classroom, but real life experience in which I felt I could benefit. UWS was also one of few schools with a degree in sport and performance psychology with a curriculum that would set me up for future success. UWS also has a friendly web-based system, live Zoom classroom sessions and small class sizes where you can get to know individuals, network and learn from your classmates and professors.
Why did you choose your program/concentration?
I was an athlete that was injured and over prescribed medications. Due to this, I learned that this is part of the issue with the opiate epidemic, as athletes can become addicted. I also wanted to have a specialty in an area that I am passionate about and enjoy. Athletes are often overlooked, because of the fame, finances or glory associated with them as it relates to the sport. However, they can have many underlying mental health challenges. This degree is a good way for me to combine my clinical therapy licenses with the new and deeper knowledge associated with sports psychology.
What has been your favorite class/instructor?
All of the professors at UWS have been great! However, my favorite classes have been Psychological Prep Skills Training with Dr. Vince Lodato. This course allowed me to create a curriculum that I can use in the future. This course was helpful in applying techniques in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Lodato was also available outside of classroom hours to help talk though school, life and sport-related challenges when needed.
What is your favorite part about the online format of the program?
The online format is amazing, because it is user-friendly. I also enjoy the live Zoom classroom sessions that allows me an opportunity to get to know my classmates and professors. The online format is also good for working professionals as a good way to manage school and work-life balance.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress outside the office and classroom?
My favorite way to relieve stress outside the office and classroom is going to comedy shows, Mixxed Fit, Zumba, watching The Resident and World of Dance and hanging out with my sorority sisters and friends.
What do you plan to do upon graduation?
Upon graduating, I hope to find a position teaching at a university while working within the student counseling department. I am also passionate about coaching, training future students, and writing; therefore, I’m open to whatever path God places me.