Individual, couples, and family therapy. Ages 12 up. Whether you are planning to be married, preparing to have a baby, adjusting to life as a teen, dealing with COVID19 or moving toward retirement, adjustments to these and other stressors can seem overwhelming. We work with males and females ages 12 and up to address anything from transitional changes to larger, more stressful or chronic situations. We invite the individual, couple or family system to create their treatment goals and often assign homework and activities between sessions to continue the learning. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a foundational therapy and teaches clients how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. We also assist clients in learning more effective communication styles, whether in session, or prepping to have a difficult conversation with a partner, boss or friend. We assist all areas of the family system to address concerns and keep confidentiality a top priority to ensure a safe space.
We specialize in working with people who have experienced highly stressful or traumatic events in their lives. We work with individuals, couples, police officers and first responders. Sometimes these are single event episodes and other times the events have drawn out over a long period of time and build up. Ranging from childhood abuse and neglect to adult relationship concerns and abuse, we use to ACES to help identify trauma. We use Evidence Based Trauma Therapy of EMDR and TF-CBT. Trauma impacts people in a variety of ways and at different stages in life. The coping skills in EMDR and TF-CBT are important components of all treatment, even if you have not experienced trauma.
Police officers, first responders and their families are a unique and underserved population. Their stress on the job is constant and the impact the job has on the families creates additional stress. We have training and knowledge to serve officers/first responders and to understand the level of intensity of the work they do. Andrea has a history of working in corrections and has been mentored by a nationally known trainer who is a retired officer and psychologist, having done research, training and providing care in the field. Officers are often hesitant to seek out mental health services due to issues of trust and fear that their treatment will be exploited, so we strive to provide a secure environment in order to offer the safety needed to process any experience.
Andrea provides supervision for LPCC and LMFT licensure track and is an EMDR approved consultant. She is completing EMDR facilitator training and volunteers with Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). As a passionate therapist, Andrea has always found that mentoring and supervising new and developing professionals is empowering and is an opportunity to continue growing skills as a seasoned therapist. Andrea believes strongly in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and professional clinical development for all mental health tracks, so provides consultation and supervision for ongoing professional growth of other professionals. The supervision style is to focus on strengths and look at systems. This may include role-play, assignments, and reading suggestions.
Andrea completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher training coursework and is certified. She will continue her yoga journey to become specialized in yoga for first responders and yoga for trauma. These skills are actively used for both the physical and emotional aspects in therapy sessions. Research supports the use of Yoga as an added therapeutic intervention for reduction of anxiety and treatment for stress and trauma. The skills create a healthy lifestyle working to change one’s mindset to see things in a more positive light by building self-esteem, being more mindful of your present moment and allowing greater control over mood and physical health. Mindfulness activities might include taking a mindful walk around the path outside the office next to the Mississippi River. There is use of essential oils for grounding and centering.
Pet therapy. Pete is continuing his training to become a Certified Therapy dog, as a puppy he is still interested in getting to know clients and loves mindful walks during sessions. He will be available to come to therapy sessions for clients who desire this. Animals can provide a calming to therapy and an emotional connection that is powerful.