is a licensed associate counselor (LAC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who received her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University. Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities to achieve their personal, social, psychological and vocational goals. They counsel people with physical, sensory, developmental and cognitive disabilities and those with mental health or other health conditions that are acquired at birth or resulting from illness, disease, accident, military service and/or ongoing stress. Using interventions and other counseling techniques, they help their clients overcome environmental and attitudinal barriers, obtain needed services and use technology that can assist them.
In addition to working directly with their clients and families, rehabilitation counselors like Andrea evaluate school and medical reports and confer and plan with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and employers to determine the capabilities and skills of the individual. Conferring with the client, they develop a rehabilitation or treatment plan designed to assist the individual in achieving goals, which may include training to help the person develop job skills or activities to assist the client with living independently.
Andrea has over a decade of experience assisting individuals with mental health issues, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar and Personality Disorders. Additionally, she has worked with clients with physical disabilities and neurodiversities. She utilizes various treatment styles including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-informed care. Andrea believes that each client deserves unconditional positive regard in a judgement free space and therefore uses a client-centered approach, ensuring that she tailors services to the needs of the individual.