Meet Andrea

I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance.  I also earned a Master of Educational Leadership with an Administrative Credential from American College of Education.  I have worked as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker in community, outpatient and educational settings.  I live by the mantra: Inspire and Be Inspired.  I am passionate about therapy as a means of healing trauma, generating resilience and contributing to the development of one's collective wellness and wholeness. I began my career as a social worker and therapist in domestic violence agencies and in community strategic planning.

 

I specialize in therapy for those impacted by interpersonal trauma and adverse childhood experiences, as well as supporting individuals from all walks of life to navigate depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues and a wide range of other experiences. I have worked extensively with pre-adolescent children, teens and their families, and I am passionate about supporting individuals and families through challenges related to identity, social relationships, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-harm, thoughts of suicide and trauma.  

I have benefited from extensive training in trauma-specific therapies including EMDR and TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for individuals and families that may benefit from concrete tools, skills and knowledge to balance emotions and to take achievable steps towards improving their lives.

 

Currently, I am an External Field Instructor for USC graduate level students.  I take my responsibilities as a therapist very seriously. I constantly pursue opportunities (EMDR certification) that will deepen my knowledge of the human psyche using researched and time-tested tools and skills for managing mental wellness and other forms of knowledge that I incorporate into therapy to obtain soul+ connection with my clients.

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