Thank you for taking time to learn more about me as a therapist, as you contemplate taking this important step toward attending to your own wellbeing. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois with 10 years of experience as a therapist. I would describe my approach as warm and compassionate, but I will also challenge you when needed. My ultimate goal is to help you gain the tools and insight to live the life you want. I meet my clients where they are and work collaboratively with them to develop a plan for getting them where they want to be. I believe establishing a strong working relationship and attending to the therapeutic alliance is a key aspect of successful therapy. That is to say, we will work together to get you where you want to be and will have an open dialogue to be sure your therapeutic needs are met.
I offer counseling for individuals with trauma/abuse, personality disorders, mood disorders, LGBTQ related concerns, addictions, and anxiety disorders. My approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory; however, I pull from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, and Mindfulness to help my clients gain the tools needed to face whatever challenges arise.
I look forward to working with you and want to commend you for taking this step toward personal growth.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180011415
VT LCMHC 068.0135265
I love having Andrea as my therapist, she is someone I trust to open up to, and continues to help me show up for myself and be better towards myself.
Written on Jan 16, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have been seeing Andrea for a little over a year and it has been so helpful. I feel like she really understands me and helps me to feel like I’m not alone in what I deal with say to day. A lot of things I have learned from my sessions have been beneficial to my overall wellness and I always look forward to my sessions with her.
Written on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and anger management
She is an absolute sweetheart and definitely listens to you, but is not afraid to speak up when she notices something or if she needs to point out something, even if it may challenge your feelings or possibly make you have uncomfortable realizations. But even so, she does it very respectfully and is never mean. I had a hard time trusting therapists for years after bad experiences, but I swear I trust her with my life. She is absolutely amazing and I would recommend her especially to anyone in a heartbeat. She understands trauma well and won't try to shut you down and invalidate your feelings, unlike a lot of other therapists who don't really understand how abuse related trauma affects a person.
Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
Andrea has been the best therapist I have had. Even when I would go to the office physically, I never quite felt like I was understood. Andrea has a way of asking very profound questions that encourage you to think about really important things. She listens. She ponders. She wants to help you see your potential. She cares!
Written on Dec 16, 2021 after therapy with Andrea for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
It’s been two weeks and Andrea feels trustworthy which is huge for me! I’m going for improved mental health and managing better with less angst and more clarity in planning action n my goal!
Written on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Andrea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I’ve only had a couple sessions with Andrea so far, but she makes me feel safe and comfortable. She listens and provides actual helpful feedback that I think about throughout the rest of the week. I would recommend her to anyone.
Written on Nov 14, 2020 after therapy with Andrea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue