"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
— C.S. Lewis
In my journey with Christ, He has allowed me to learn many lessons. One important teaching from Christ is that the roots of our disharmony must be identified – we must become aware of the underlying causes of our problematic issues. Before we can truly love our neighbor, we must love ourselves.
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. I questioned God’s will when I saw the suffering of innocent victims.
These experiences led me to ask God, “Why”? I began to question people’s motivations, and I was led 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 finally forgiveness.
I believe with God’s help my clients can discover for themselves these vital components to authentic healing.
On a personal level, I have raised teenagers, and I know the struggle! 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 – 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.
One thing my clients with PTSD have taught me is that they prefer practical, goal-driven therapy. Because of this, I use Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral theories in my work. Many of my past PTSD clients have reported that they prefer these theories. Clients with PTSD choose to emphasize during treatment the improvement of negative symptoms via Solution Focused therapy, and the concept of setting clear, concise, and realistic goals - concepts found in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral treatment.
To anyone considering therapy, no matter the source of your emotional pain, authentic healing involves understanding God’s teachings about the fundamental processes of life, and using the Christian 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.
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
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LMFT #51616 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
Andrea is a thoughtful listener and is always courteous and respectful. She strives to help me see myself accurately.
I believe that Andrea is very professional and knowledgeable in her field.
She has been great to work with. I look forward to continuing to working with her.