Andrea completed her graduate studies in clinical social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. She has participated in post-graduate certification programs in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Theraplay Intensive training at the Theraplay Institute of Chicago. Andrea holds and maintains the following credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Phoenix RIsing Yoga Therapy instructor (RYT-200), Lifeforce Yoga (for depression and anxiety) Level I Practitioner and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (NFPT).
In addition to her educational background, Andrea offers her unique experiential base of having utilized her psychotherapeutic and wellness training to successfully mitigate the physical, emotional and psychological impact of having lived with M.S. since the age of twenty-one, expanding her repertoire of psychotherapeutic resources.
Andrea has over a decade of experience working closely with adults, couples, and adolescents on issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, violence, relationship issues, obsessive/compulsive challenges, chronic illness, body image, gender, sexuality, trauma, effective communication, fitness and relaxation. Additionally, Andrea is skilled at utilizing theraplay to positively impact school-aged children with attachment problems.
"I believe in the whole person—working with mind and body as one. I trust that each of us is an authority on our personal truth, on our experiences and our needs. I am committed to facilitating increased awareness of my clients so that an individual has an opportunity to better understand herself/themself/himself and, through that awareness, incorporate self-acceptance and authentically express oneself in relationship to self, others and the world.
I am experienced in psychodynamic, client-centered, gestalt, theraplay and cognitive behavioral methods of psychotherapy. I am able to augment psychotherapy with lifeforce, phoenix rising and kundalini yoga, relaxation and personal fitness when applicable. With a compassionate, direct manner, I will meet you where you are at in the present moment and will respond authentically to your individual needs."