“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Founder of Edgewood Counseling and Wellness Center
Andrea Anderson, MA, LMFT
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane and then my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. I have experience working with individuals, families, and couples of diverse backgrounds and focus my practice on therapy for clients who are seeking to strengthen their current relationships and to ultimately enjoy more intimate, trusting, and satisfying experiences with one another as well as a more outward authentic presentation of themselves.
I believe that each person’s individual life experiences influence our ability to interact, trust, and be close with one another and that difficult life events such as a change in family status, trauma, or other disruptive experiences can have a profound impact on both our emotional and interpersonal mental health. For that reason, I consider each person’s unique qualities and influences when working towards goals with a client.
Philosophy of Change
When relationships are working, they can bring deep connection, excitement, fun, and companionship and when they are not working can often lead to a lack of trust, frequent arguments, distance, and emotional pain.
Contrary to some arguments that the experience of emotions is insignificant, that a full expression of “feelings” exhibits weakness, or even that expression of emotions as a part of the “problem”, I believe that it is in our expression of true, underlying primary emotion that we can not only initiate and trigger change within ourselves but that also in the expression of these primary emotions to others, we are able to fully be seen by others, thereby shifting our interactions with our loved ones. I believe that in this vulnerable place of communicating primary emotions, we are able to truly express our needs and desires in a way that resonates with others.
For more information on specialties, rates, and accepted insurance plans, please visit: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/andrea-anderson-edgewood-wa/248145