Licensed Clinical Social Worker
There's no manual for life and the challenges we all face at any age. We can all have difficulty managing emotions, stress, and may have difficulty expressing ourselves. I believe in helping clients build and deepen healthy connections within their families and themselves, fine tune or learn new coping skills, and increase confidence. Let me help! there is no "one" way to be happy or to live life.
Bachelor of Psychology; University of Southwestern Louisiana (UL), 1996
Master of Social Work; Louisiana State University, 1998
Clinical Social Work License, 2000
11+ years in public school system
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Trained
Crisis Intervention and Prevention Trained
Anthetic Therapy Trained for Couples Counseling
Evaluations for ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders Certified
Andrea specializes in
Techniques used :
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Experiential Activities, Solution-focused therapy, Play Therapy, Gottman techniques for couples.
She works with families to create a consistent discipline system that improves family cohesion. In addition, she works with individuals and couples to address marital and family stress, with a focus on creating healthy relationships and boundaries.
Andrea enjoys practicing using a compassionate approach to help clients walk towards a journey to better living. She values relationships and encourages self-discovery. She believes kindness and compassion are key when working through life's challenges.
Q: What led you to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
A: When I was a child, the night before I was about to have surgery, a social worker came talk to me and comforted me. Years later I realized I wanted to be able to provide that same comfort to others.
Q: What is your educational background?
A: I have a bachelor’s of science in Psychology and a minor in sociology from UL. I also have a masters of Social Work from LSU.
Q: What types of clients do you see and what is your ideal client?
A: I see individual adults, adolescents, and children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as couples. I enjoy working with clients through the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Q: What are your treatment approaches?
A: My treatment approaches include EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy. When it comes to couples, I believe in working on communication and emotional intimacy. Those are two very important aspects to solving a problem as a couple.
Q: How and when do you know you are a right fit for a client?
A: I feel that you know right away that there is a connection with you client. When a client says something like, “I can’t believe am about to tell you this” or “I have never told anyone this” then you know that a real connection has formed. In regards to children, I feel that it takes at least two sessions for them to be really comfortable.
Q: What do you consider to be your top three strengths?
A: My top three strengths include authenticity, curiosity and wanting to gain knowledge on subjects, and open mindedness. Not only am I open minded with the clients I work with but also with how to work with clients. For example, learning EMDR which I have become very passionate about.
Q: Which insurance do you accept?
A: I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and private pay.
Q: Do you see clients through teletherapy?
A: I do! I typically see clients in person but whenever a client wants to utilize teletherapy I am more than happy to accommodate them.
Q: What is your availability to see clients?
A: My availability includes Monday through Thursday from nine to four, half days on Friday, and nine to twelve on some Saturdays.
Q: What would you say to a new client who may be nervous about seeing a new therapist?
A: I want you to know that I have been in your position before and that anxiety can be utilized in a positive manner. Hopefully I can create an experience where you will feel safe enough to be vulnerable. This is a beautiful journey I want to share with you.
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