Who is Andrea, and how can she help me?
As a psychotherapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, I offer qualified professional coaching driven by professional and personal experience, as well as in-depth training and education.
My verified expertise in human psychology and behavior equips me to discover what motivates you and how to best employ that motivation to drive empowered action.
Unlike many unregulated “coaches,” I can quickly recognize if the source of your challenges runs deeper than what coaching can help you with.
I will never sell you on services I don’t believe will be effective for you.
In these cases I refer clients toward psychotherapy, where you can better address the deeper issues blocking your progress.
I bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to our consultations. I have over 20 years of experience in mental and behavioral health, as a coach, teacher, mentor, counselor and psychotherapist.
I have effectively helped a broad range of people from all over the world with varying issues, and am confident I can help you with yours.
As a fellow human being, I bring a unique lens and perspective to help you. Beyond my professional experience, my path has been set with challenging and varied obstacle courses to navigate, through which survival at times felt like more of a gift than a given.
In navigating my own challenges, I have been tried, humbled, educated, resourced and strengthened.
As a survivor of varied traumatic abuse, abduction, harassment, and exploitation, I have consistently found ways to come out on top. I wanted more than mere survival; I wanted to thrive in the face of my challenges. Doing so required a lot of self-exploration and hard work. Now I offer that knowledge, experience and wisdom to you.
Through many years of my own personal coaching and therapy, I discovered the power of reaching out for support and healing through exploratory and insight-driven relationships.
It wasn’t long before I recognized my passion for this work, and my capacity to help others learn to thrive as well.
I have dedicated myself to a life of healing and evolution, and I bring my own fire-forged strength and insight to helping others navigate theirs. I have a keen mind for insight and problem solving, strong motivational skills, communications expertise, and a knack for guiding, mentoring and teaching others.
I do NOT check my sense of humor at the door.
My clients have the assurance that I don’t deign to walk them through territory I have not developed a strong compass for myself.
It is a strong point of ethical integrity for my profession that I stay actively engaged in my own personal work. Healing, growth and evolution are elements of a journey, not a destination. I work hard to embrace that journey in every way possible.
I am a California native and have lived in the Bay Area cumulatively for seventeen years. I spent over two years living and working in Japan and Taiwan to gain a broader world perspective, where I served as a mentor, a teacher, and a professional singer.
I have also spent significant periods of time in Central America. One of my greatest passions in life is SCUBA diving, followed closely by dance, singing, hiking and skiing. I am a great lover of animals and adore caring for my dog and two cats.
I travel internationally frequently, which helps me maintain an integral perspective. It also helps keeps me aware of how blessed I am to live in one of the most amazing cities in the world!