Andrea is a licensed clinical social worker with a wealth of
experience; she has been a therapist at Pacific Quest since 2015. Andrea received her BS in Health and Physical
Education from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Social Services
from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She
is a certified Gestalt Therapist from the PA Gestalt Center and has
co-facilitated workshops at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Andrea has completed
Level I and II EMDR training and is currently working toward her certification
in Sandplay Therapy.
Andrea has extensive
experience treating students and their families who are struggling with a range
of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, gender dysphoria,
sexual orientation, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, autism
spectrum, and bipolar disorder. Additionally,
she enjoys working with general difficulties within relationships, including
those within the complexity of the family system. She also has experience and
success working with young people who struggle with self-harming, suicidal behaviors,
and personality disorders.
worked as a psychotherapist for 8 years at a liberal arts college on the Main
Line of Philadelphia where she founded The
Body Image Coalition and led the initiatives to impact a culture shift at the
college regarding disordered attitudes about body image and our dieting
obsessed culture. Prior to that she worked as the eating disorder specialist on
a DBT team and in inpatient and outpatient settings treating individuals with eating
disorders, including those on a specialized dual diagnosis unit for LGBTQ people. Just prior
to moving to Hawai’i, Andrea maintained a private practice for 10 years.
Andrea has been spending
time on the Island of Hawai’i for the last three decades and draws upon her
connection to the land and culture to promote healing. She brings a compassionate and relational approach to her
work, along with her strong belief that each person has an innate ability to
heal when given the proper “soil.” She values patience and listens deeply to
others as they access their inner wisdom and voice. Andrea’s use of
bibliotherapy, poetry, music, humor and the life force of creativity to meet
her students where they are, while creating a safe space for them to open at
their own pace is what makes her approach gentle, effective and ultimately
sustainable. Andrea was drawn to Pacific
Quest because, as she expressed, “I feel incredibly synchronistic with all the essential
practices that are promoted and I believe PQ has illuminated the core elements
of a healthy life for all people.”
In her spare time Andrea
enjoys hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, yoga, and silent meditation retreats.
She also teaches at the Insight Volcano Vipassana meditation group, volunteers
in the ancient forest at Niaulani Art Center, and worked as a Red Cross
volunteer in the recent Volcano relief efforts. She was featured in the recent
documentary, Fire and Sand, winner of the 2019 Santa Fe Humanitarian Award. She
experiences great joy in her 28 year old son who is currently working in the
field of recovery in Kona and is teaching English online to Chinese students.
Our therapist, Andrea, was outstanding and had a
wonderful connection with our daughter.
Every part of our work with Andrea was super.
Andrea did so much for our son and our family. We
are incredibly pleased. She is absolutely amazing- actually beyond amazing!