Colleen Andre

About Colleen Andre

Colleen values the importance of a comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere. At the heart of her work, she seeks to create a safe environment in which clients can feel at ease while working through life’s difficulties. Her specialty is working with women and adolescents struggling with anger management, trauma, and anxiety. She also enjoys assisting those facing multicultural or race-related issues. Ultimately, her goal is to help clients uncover the source of their distress so that they can begin to heal.
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Anger and Kids

by Mike Martinez, RMHCI Children can, at times, trigger anger. Many parents know this deep down, but the sentence alone may bring some feelings of sadness. For others, that first sentence is an overwhelming and obvious fact. Maybe that fact is why you’re here reading this. I’m here to let you know that you are not alone.  Let’s start by

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What is EMDR and How Can it Help Me?

By: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC Have you ever seen the acronym EMDR and wondered what it stands for?  Maybe this is your first time seeing those four letters put together.  Either way, I'd like to help explain what EMDR is and how it can help you. What is EMDR? When we experience trauma, this event overwhelms our brain. We are

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How To Start Treating Depression & Find The Best Therapist To Help You

By: Allison Petro, LMHC If you have ever experienced clinical depression, you know how scary it can be.  I’m not referring to feeling blue for a day or two. I’m talking about true clinical depression. If you're still unsure and want to know how to start treating depression, here are the criteria taken from the American Psychiatric Association: The individual

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The Link Between Anger, Control, & Expectation

by Mike Martinez, RMHCI First off, I want to let you know that anger is a normal human emotion which can range from slight irritation to strong rage. Keyword here is “normal.” It can become a problem when we don’t express it appropriately (aggressiveness) or don’t express it at all (resentment).  Control & Expectation We want to control things. Who

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What You Can You Learn From Dating Emotionally Unavailable Women

By: Allison Petro, LMHC Dating emotionally unavailable women can be exhausting and may even leave you feeling like a crazy person.  However, don’t beat yourself up too much if you find yourself dating who I have referred to in past articles as an “Ice Queen.”  Much can be gleaned from dating an “Ice Queen.” Here are a few things you

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5 Tips to Overcoming Codependency and Having Healthier Relationships

By: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC Are you noticing that most of your relationships are one-sided or emotionally destructive? Do you find yourself getting involved with the same types of unhealthy relationships over and over again? If you answered yes to the questions above, then you may have characteristics of a codependent relationship. What is codependency, though? “A codependent person is

Labor & Delivery Nightmare: Birth Trauma & Postpartum

Shattered Dreams: Labor & Delivery Sarah just found out she is pregnant and is excited but a bit anxious about labor/delivery. As a new mother, she is doing everything in her power to prepare for the big day. She researches, makes plans, takes educational birthing classes, etc. Sarah is intentional about her steps and hopeful of having a good birthing

Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC You are excited to be a new mom, to meet your precious little one. The only thing standing in your way is... delivery. You are deathly afraid and anxious about labor. You have a hard time sleeping and feeling calm as months, weeks, and days approach your delivery date. Worst case scenarios cycle through your head

What To Do If Your Teen Is Self-Harming

You just found out your teen is self-harming. Your heart drops to the pit of your stomach. You feel shocked, confused, and utterly lost. What now? You are not alone. About 17% of teenagers have engaged in self-harm at least once according to the American Psychological Association.  Often times, self-harm occurs as a way to cope with distressing feelings or

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Dear PostSecret: A Letter To An Assault Survivor

"I am so sick of people minimizing my assault because 'it could've been worse'" http://postsecret.com/#jp-carousel-12116 Dear postsecret, You are experiencing so much pain, anger, and hurt after hearing the phrase "it could've been worse." Assault is horrible, wrong, and a violation. You do not deserve what happened to you and it was traumatizing. The cutting phrase "it could've been worse"