My name is Andrea (she/her), and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) offering Telehealth therapy in Connecticut. I aim to bring empathy, compassion, curiosity, authenticity, openness, laughter, and a love of human beings to my work. I’m on an endless journey of learning and will bring the whole of my life experience to our sessions. I want to walk with you in this part of your life journey and, together, gain a deeper understanding of who you are and how you can best heal.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and began my studies in life sciences at Queen’s University, which led to my early career in the business world. I’ve also lived in England and now in Connecticut. Learning has been a core theme throughout my life. As a mother of four, I went back to school to get an M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern University and, before that, an M.A. in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Before opening my own practice, I worked (and still work) as a Licensed Clinician and Clinical Supervisor at Shoreline Wellness Center in West Haven and as a Clinician at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven.Book a free 20-minute consultation
I believe that we are all born with beauty, grace, and a unique identity that, when nurtured and loved, has a chance to grow and become. For many of us, growing up was harsh and even traumatic, and we naturally formed a blueprint for how to live and survive. As life goes on, that blueprint can feel constraining, and our unhealed core experiences may leave us with pain and shame. Shame tends to hide in the darkness, and deep pain can feel intractable.
Even when we are satisfied with our journey and approach to living, life inevitably brings difficult crossroads and transitions–some with incalculable shock, pain, and loss. At other times, we may feel confused and disconnected from our best selves and experience our lives and feelings through a muted lens. Peace, balance, love, and joy seem out of reach.
My approach is informed by the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, which suggests that we are made up of many distinct and often opposing parts or aspects of ourselves. At any given moment, one or more of our parts is struggling for our best interest, trying to keep our ‘system’ functioning smoothly and our pain minimized. Although our intentions are good, our behaviors may seem counterintuitive, and their repercussions can be deeply painful and even disastrous. In therapy, together we can learn about all of you, all your parts, how they work together, how they don’t, how they try to help you function, how they seem dysfunctional, and, most importantly, how you can become the healer of you and find harmony within.
Through the process of counseling, you will be able to grow so that your past wounds and hurts, recent life injuries, or imbalances no longer hinder you from living your most authentic life. At your own pace, you can get to know and develop trust in all parts of yourself. Together in therapy, we can bring your parts into the light, heal the pain, and help you find balance, wholeness, and peace.
$175 per 50-minute session
Sliding scale available for eligible LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults
Many of my clients love telehealth therapy because of the convenience and flexibility. You can find the best therapist for you with fewer travel, weather, childcare, or other constraints. However, I realize that telehealth therapy is not for everyone. If you’re unsure, I encourage you to give it a try. It may feel different at first, but you just might come to love the space and rhythm.
I am a white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied woman. Many of my clients are people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or belong to other minorities and are impacted by their intersecting marginalized identities. Through therapy, I will witness your stories and learn about the ways your identities have informed your experiences.
Please reach out to me if you think we'd be a good fit. I'd love to connect with you and see what space we can build together.
Feel free to ask for a 20-minute consultation to learn more.