TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Andrea completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Allan Memorial Institute in the Sex and Couple Therapy Service and in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Unit. At these services, she received specialized training in couple therapy, and in treating sexual dysfunction, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders and trauma.
Andrea’s other clinical training includes year-long practicums at the Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic at McGill University, Ometz Agency Counselling Services and the Emotional Health Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex.
She has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and presenting with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, grief, interpersonal difficulties, sexual dysfunction, existential concerns, substance use problems and emotional dysregulation.
Andrea’s approach is strongly grounded on fostering a supportive and warm environment that can facilitate change and growth. In her therapy with individuals as well as couples, she strives to work collaboratively with each client to meet their specific needs and goals while capitalizing on their strengths. She is also sensitive to cultural, gender and other lifestyle differences.
Andrea has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. In working with couples, she has been trained in evidence-based approaches including Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for couples and mindfulness-based interventions, particularly for couples struggling with sexual difficulties. She has also been exposed to using an integrative approach that draws from other therapy approaches including experiential and process-oriented modalities to suit the specific needs of her clientele.