Hello there! I am glad you are here and welcome to BetterHelp. My name is Andrea Carin, and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Minnesota and have a wide range of experience with individual, family, and adolescent counseling. I became a therapist because I have always enjoyed working with people and felt the desire to be a helping influence that would make a positive difference in people’s lives. A supportive and trusting connection are the most important ingredients to the therapy relationship and I make them my priority. I believe in the power of seeing the positive possibilities in life, and am focused on identifying people’s strengths and seeing the greater potential in each individual. In my practice, I like to establish a “down to earth” approach along with instilling humor and warmth, which I feel allows for the most beneficial therapeutic connection.
I have a strengths-based, solutions-focused, approach that allows me to work well with any age range and a variety of challenges. My background as a therapist is comprehensive and driven by my founding belief that we inherently have the power to create the lives we want with more happiness, ease, and clarity. As part of my practice, I believe in the transformative power of appreciation, meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga, visualization, and other life-affirming activities, such as spending time with animals and being in nature.
In my work with people, I have had extensive experience, both personally and professionally navigating ADHD, generalized anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions/changes. I’ve worked with clients for 19+ years to help them find whatever it is they are looking for in their life journeys and I consider it an honor to be a part of the process.
Areas of Experience
• Changing Negative Thought Patterns
• Life transitions/Trauma
• Parenting issues
Years of Experience: 19+
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MN LICSW 16915
Andrea is terrific! She's attentive, supportive, is a great listener, make me feel comfortable, validates my feelings and provides provides real life examples. I wasn't sure what to expect with this experience but Andrea has provided a safe space which means a great deal.
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Andrea is caring, insightful and intuitive, a great listener. She has a lot of compassion, offers gentle guidance and is just a wonderful person to talk with.
Written on Jun 06, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes
A caring, straightforward, and wonderful person. She will always tell you what you need to hear in a respectful manner, and she will always listen with an open mind.
Written on Jan 19, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning adhd
Andrea is an amazing therapist. I’ve been in therapy for over six months with her. I come from an African American family and I’ve been able to work through my family issues with Andrea. She listens to me and also makes me aware of things I could work on. She is honest and that really helped me learn so much about myself!! I’m sooo grateful
Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
I am still early in on therapy, but Andrea is clearly an incredibly competent therapist. She listens and is incredibly insightful. She offers great tips and I feel comfortable exploring myself and my emotions with her. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with her.
Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Written on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd