Hello, I'm Andrea Herman. I am a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience working with adults to help them better cope with life challenges. I have extensive experience supporting people struggling with grief and loss, whether through death, divorce, or other major life transitions. My expertise is in the grief-and-loss model called 'companioning,' which emphasizes bearing witness non-judgmentally to a person's unique grief journey and helping them mourn skillfully to reconcile their loss and move forward toward healing. Additionally, I have experience counseling people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress management, and relationship and work difficulties. I have also worked with people in crisis and those making major life decisions, helping with referrals to specialized therapists or treatment when needed. Ten years of my counseling experience was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
I am guided by a holistic, biopsychosocial theory that emphasizes the importance of addressing challenges in the context of our environments, relationships, and physical, mental, and even spiritual health. I draw from DBT, systems theory, and client-centered approaches. I believe in the absolute importance of a therapist's caring, non-judgmental and accepting approach. I am committed to using evidence-based interventions that have proven effective and forming a genuine alliance that builds on people's strengths so they can lead healthier and more satisfying lives.
I've regularly worked with people by phone and video conferencing, so I am comfortable using Better Help's mode of interacting and can be flexible to meet the needs and preferences of my clients. It is very courageous of someone to consider therapy, especially since most who are considering this are struggling in some way yet choose to reach out for support. Whether this is your first time or you have done therapy in the past, I applaud your desire to better your situation and would be honored to work with you if you think we'd be a good fit.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Andrea is kind, caring and patient. She’s taught me so much and is extremely knowledgeable across many areas of therapy and personal growth. Love her!
Written on Sep 16, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd
Andrea is a fantastic listener - her guidance and support has been such a great help to me, and she's been able to offer me the real, practical tools I can put to use every day to help improve my mental health, resilience and strategies for coping with life's challenges.
Written on Jul 18, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Andrea is amazing! I honestly don’t think I would make it through this tough time with out her right now. She gives great advice and is always able to shift my thinking about situations.
Written on Jun 27, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Andrea has been a true source of comfort and kindness during a difficult life transition for me. She has helped me identify and work through painful emotions and shows me the utmost respect and understanding when I need more time to face deeper wounds. She is patient, considerate and very calming. Her understanding of human feeling is excellent and her support has been invaluable.
Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Andrea is exactly what I needed. She has helped me through the toughest part of my life by listening and giving me tools to make it through each day.
Written on Mar 28, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Working with Andrea was such a wonderful experience. I was in a really challenging place dealing with intense grief from the loss of my 13-year old dog, who was my only companion.
Andrea is thoughtful, empathetic, knowledgeable and so good at listening and adjusting to what you need.
I am so thankful for her support, guidance and encouragement, and I would highly recommend Andrea to anyone who is working through their grief journey.
Written on Mar 13, 2023 after therapy with Andrea for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and coping with life changes