"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
In my journey, I have learned that the roots of our disharmony must be identified – we must become aware of the underlying causes of our problematic issues before we can recover our authentic self.
For many years, before becoming a licensed MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist), I was a criminal investigator, assigned to a Special Victims Unit, where I looked closely into the lives of people harmed, both physically and emotionally, within the context of the family. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, the maltreatment of children, the elderly – vulnerable people who were harmed instead of protected by the family system. I became keenly aware of the negative impact, generationally, of this childhood exposure to family chaos and trauma.
These experiences lead me to the intense questioning of people’s motivations, and to the advanced study of psychology. I discovered that, while justice is an important component of healing, it is not the whole picture. Authentic recovery must include awareness, responsibility, courage, and forgiveness.
I help my clients discover for themselves these vital components to authentic healing.
On a personal level, God has blessed me with a supportive family, and I have been given the gifts of a long and happy marriage and many grandchildren. Together (along with the dogs) we enjoy nature and outdoor activities – the beach, hiking, bird-watching, and camping.
I would like to include here a note to our modern-day warriors – today’s public servants - those individuals who must daily share, up close, the pain of others – our first responders. You may find yourself having significant impairment in your social or occupational areas of functioning, or you may have the need to process a stressful event you have experienced. If you begin experiencing increased emotional arousal (anger, irritability, fear, depression) in daily events, you may be experiencing acute stress response. There are critical components involved in coming to terms with acute or post-traumatic stress, and I would be honored to help you recognize and implement these steps. I have been there.
To anyone considering therapy, no matter the source of your emotional pain, authentic healing involves understanding the fundamental processes of life, and using the principles inherent in that understanding. Once the roots of our disharmony are identified – awareness - we can employ the principles of responsibility, courage, and forgiveness to recover genuine emotional health.
One thing my clients have taught me is that they prefer practical, goal-driven therapy. Because of this, I like to use Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral theories in my work. Many of my past clients have reported that they prefer these theories. They choose to emphasize during treatment the improvement of negative symptoms via Solution Focused therapy, and the setting clear, concise, and realistic goal-setting concepts found in Cognitive Behavioral treatment.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I wish for you the emotional health needed to live the life you dream. In considering me as a therapist for yourself, can't overstate my gratitude to you in allowing me to serve you in this way.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder Read more...
LMFT #51616 (Expires: 2021-08-01)
Andrea is amazing. I've been in and out of therapy for 15 years and she is by far the best therapist I've ever had. She doesn't judge or make you feel like you can't tell her things and she's super compassionate. She's a really, really cool person and she actually cares about what you have to say.
I have already recommended BetterHelp to a number of my friends. Andrea has helped my family and me through one of the most difficult and at the same time joyful times in our lives. Her kind words, compassion and insight have helped me through so much this past year.
I’m very happy to be talking with Andrea McLellan. She understands my need to seek things out on a spiritual level. She gives me ideas and coping strategies to use. When I’m having a particularly hard time it’s always nice to get her message of encouragement and hope. This is especially helpful when I’m feeling hopeless because it shows she genuinely cares.