I am an LCSW in California with almost 10 years of experience in social services. I have worked in a group home, homeless services, housing, in a prison and in a community heath setting, which has given me varied perception and varied experience. I also have experience working with older adults.
I am sex positive and comfortable working with people in alternative relationships, the the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the BDSM community.
I have extensive experience working with depression, anger management, and anxiety. I also work with people with eating disorders and follow the Heath at Every Size model. I believe in a whole person and client centered approach to mental health.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 89643
She’s great at challenging you when you need to be challenged but also is soft and supportive when you need an empathetic listener. She’s also good at helping me problem solve and keep myself accountable for goals I try to set for myself.
Written on Jun 24, 2022 after therapy with Andrea for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd
Andrea is kind, understanding and very knowledgeable. Her expertise and skills has guided and support me to navigate through some tough times. I consider myself very lucky to have her as my therapist.
Written on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Andrea for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem
I started working with Andrea about six weeks ago, meeting weekly. I was frank from the beginning about my early sobriety ...I am 4 months sober. Struggles with parenting and marriage in early sobriety coupled with a life-long struggle with bulimia for over 30 years. The tips and strategies and just the way she listens and gives brief feedback that is super relevant, has been so incredibly helpful. She recommended a book called The bulimia Help Method, which I had never heard of. After years of being in various 12-step programs for food and having seen numerous therapists , nutritionists, done workshops, read books, everything under the sun I could possibly think of to try to address my bulimia, morning has helped. True I needed to address my drinking issue and be sober in order to address my bulimia and binge eating but her recommendation of this book and other recommendations such as grounding techniques and practical things like putting up a giant family calendar to create structure since we have little kids with juggling schedules and one car. These suggestions have been spot on to help me. this particular book that Andrea recommended is making perfect sense to me and has already helped me. I think that she is a very good counselor and I would highly recommend her to others.
Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Andrea for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd