Andrea has over 25 years of experience in depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, relational issues, trauma and personality disorders. She has previously worked for the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas as a consultant for inpatient and outpatient services, and has also worked at the Memorial Hermann Psychiatric Response Team conducting psychiatric evaluations. Andrea supervises other interns and social workers and consults for local mental health treatment centers.
Andrea received her Masters’ Degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago focusing on psychodynamic theory. She is licensed in the states of Texas, Florida, and Colorado.
Andrea has extensive training in various treatment methods including, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and The Daring Way ™. In addition, Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor (LCSW-S), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Certified in Brene Brown’s The Daring Way (CDWF) and a Certified Mediator. Andrea is currently in a year-long fellowship at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Boulder, Colorado, studying ketamine assisted psychotherapy as well as other psychedelic medicines and modalities.
Andrea uses ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to address a variety of mental health conditions, including treatment resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, addiction, and anxiety. KAP enables the temporary softening of psychological defenses, allowing for deeper self-reflection and psychotherapeutic processing. Ketamine has psychedelic effects, and this has been shown to facilitate profound transpersonal experiences. These types of experiences can help people in a variety of ways, offering important clarity and insight into one’s struggles, adding a spiritual dimension to ongoing therapeutic work, and facilitating a sense of meaning and interconnectedness. Andrea uses psychodynamic therapy in conjunction with KAP to maximize outcomes.