Andrea Fisher

(MA, AM)

About Me

First, thank you for checking in. Seeking help takes real courage and a healthy dose of optimism. As some very wise people have said, the purpose of life is to be happy. It's perfectly simple but not always easy. I think you've come to the right place.

I am a clinical social worker licensed in Illinois and Missouri with over 25 years experience in counseling and other therapies. I have worked successfully with people of all ages, and with many faiths and social backgrounds. I've helped people with anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting and family issues, grief and loss, and those feelings of wrongness or stuckness that can hold us back from living a full and enjoyable life.

My style is warm, accepting, and genuine, with a dash of humor if it's appropriate. My clients say that I bring a fresh perspective that helps in surprising ways. I'm a committed listener, focusing on positives and developing your skills and insight as needed. Everyone has some point of genuine strength in their life; often the biggest challenge is simply to find that, then grow it, and then the pain and confusion can fall away.

My Master's degrees are in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and Cultural Anthropology from NIU. I'm trained in a wide variety of theoretical orientations and techniques - CBT, DBT and other behavioral therapies, play therapy, family systems, psychodynamic techniques, mindfulness and spiritual practice - but these are all merely options.

There is no cookie-cutter process here. Your life is more real than any theory.

And there is no judgment here, either. I only make three assumptions: we have all experienced some sort of trauma, we get to be happy anyway, and every changing moment offers choices. Choices build our lives. And they are best made in an environment of trust and support. If that sounds good to you, we'll be a good match. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship, Family, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 25

Licensing

LCSW #149014384 (Expires: 2017-11-30)

LCSW #2016035471 (Expires: 2019-09-30)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Sep 22, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

I am very happy with Andrea. She's doing an amazing job working with me in regards to my anxiety. Thanks!

Written by V.I. on Aug 30, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I'm in awe of finding such positive emotional support from Andrea. She understood my issues immediately. This is the first time I've tried online counseling and she has helped me tremendously in a very short time.

Written by J.U. on Aug 02, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 weeks family, trauma and abuse, and grief

I think Andrea understands me, she certainly supports what I am going through and has already alleviated my stresses that were inhibiting my daily life. I look forward to working out more of my deep seated fears and returning to my full potential.

Written by K.A. on Jun 28, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and career

Andrea is insightful, timely and a wonderful resource!

Written by R.O. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 9 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She is amazing.

Written by M.A. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 months relationship, and intimacy-related

Andrea is a wonderful counselor for me. She is positive, caring, understanding, and knowledgeable about a variety of issues. I appreciate the convenience of writing when I have the time and not having to be at an appointment.

Written by T.E. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month

Andrea has made such a difference in helping me through a very difficult grief process. She has been caring and insightful, and I so appreciate her help.

Written by Y.A. on May 17, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, and career

Andrea is very helpful. She tries to understand the situation and does very good about keeping in contact even if you do not.

Written by D.A on Apr 08, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 3 weeks

I thought it would be difficult to work with a counselor via an app but Andrea has been very patient, provided me with great tools and advice. The worksheets were very easy to get my thoughts across. She's helped me in many ways in the first month. Thank you!

Written by M.I. on Apr 06, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 3 weeks

Andrea has helped me find the light shining on the path I needed to take in my life now. It has been dim for a long time and I am able to see it brighter now. She is a really good listener and has made a great difference in my life so far

Written by R.O. on Mar 09, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 week relationship, and grief

Andrea, I wanted to thank you so very much for all of your insight, knowledge and compassion. You truly helped to guide me through some extremely complex and difficult feelings. You are so kind, patient and understanding; I had never sought counsel before and this was a very positive experience for me. I cannot speak more highly of you! Once again, my deepest appreciation for everything that you have done for me.

Written by M.A on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 week lgbt, and trauma and abuse

Wonderful, attentive, genuine.

Written by S.T on Jan 30, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and relationship

Andrea has been kind, patient, and very easy to talk to. She has followed up on me when I was busy and I really appreciated her care and concern. I would recommend Andrea to anyone who is looking for someone who is empathetic and likes a sense of humour.

Written by L. on Jan 24, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month self esteem, and anger

I was nervous about trying counselling but Andrea was really supportive and I felt I could trust her with my thoughts and problems. She has provided much needed understanding and humour as well as practical advice. I highly recommend Andrea and BetterHelp. Please thank Andrea, Lucy Knight

Written by C.E on Jan 19, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

She always listens very carefully to what you've said/written, and always asks the right questions. Very insightful, very caring, never judging. I went through a few before finding her!

Written by M.I on Jan 15, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 4 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Andrea has been a God-send. She gets my humour (a U.K. dry humour) and took the time to get to know me, understand me and help me. We have covered a broad spectrum of issues and she has helped with relationships, family, and myself.
I can't thank Andrea enough for all help and support I have received.

Written by C. on Jan 15, 2017 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping

Andrea is really helpful and compassionate, and really responsive. She really helped me through a tough time by being someone I could talk to.

Written by A.N on Dec 27, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, family, and grief

Andrea has been absolutely wonderful. She is very positive and takes a good amount of time to address each and every concern/struggle I have. I don't think I could have found a better fit for what I was looking for than in Andrea. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an intelligent, thoughtful and kind counselor.

Written by S.K on Dec 02, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Andrea is amazing. She was able to provide a safe and comfortable relationship for me to explore the depths of the trauma I faced. She provided me hope, understanding, and has helped me to strengthen my resiliency. I love working with her and how much she has helped me. I'm forever grateful.

Written by P. on Oct 18, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 3 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

She is great! She listens, and cares.

Written by R.O on Sep 19, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Andrea is wonderful beyond words.

Written by A.M on Sep 14, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 1 month relationship, trauma and abuse, and grief

I love corresponding with my therapist, Andrea Fisher. My exchanges with Andrea are one of the few things I do "for myself" with my busy schedule, and the process couldn't be more convenient or accessible. Andrea is genuinely interested in my welfare, and consistently respectful of my autonomy and direction as a person.

Written by O.R on Aug 16, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

In one short week Andrea has helped me with what I would have thought would have taken a life time. She helped me face my fears and realize thats all they are..She helped me to recognize my breath and until her I never knew what that was!! So thank you miss Andrea. I truly appreciate you and the help you've given me in my difficult time!!! Thank You ❤️

Written by J.E on Apr 12, 2016 after counseling with Andrea for 6 days stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, career, and depression

In just a few short days, Andrea has given me a better perspective away from biased opinions of family and friends, which I greatly needed. She has taught me to focus on the positive things and stay clear of negative thoughts. I'm so grateful for that. It's good to have someone validate my thoughts and help me put the good ones into action.