Meet Colleen Andre, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Counseling, trauma, teen, EMDR, adolescent, pain, past, culture, multicultural, orlando, winter park, asian counselor, chinese counselor,

Difficult circumstances, unhealthy behaviors, and past hurts are devastating roadblocks that can prevent you or your teen from flourishing. But, I believe with a little assistance you or your teen can change to live a happier and healthier life instead of just surviving.

After working as a professional counselor for the last 5 years, I believe a nonjudgemental environment is necessary to create openness. Therefore, I make it a point to create a safe setting so my client’s real & authentic selves can come out without fear. Along with traditional talk therapy, I use creative means (music, art, sand tray, etc.) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to help my clients manage struggles and move past pain or trauma.

 

Specialties

  • Anxiety:  Stress Management, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety
  • Teen Issues: Adjustment to divorce & separation, Self-Harm or Cutting, Low Self-Esteem
  • Trauma: Family Dysfunction, Abuse history, Past disturbing events
  • Young Adult Issues: Post-graduation depression, overwhelming adult pressures, confusion & fear about career

I  also have a passion for working with individuals dealing with cultural and race-related issues such as:

  • Cultural Adjustment Difficulties
  • Multicultural and Racially Different Family Makeup
  • Confusion or Rejection of Cultural Identity
  • Struggles with a Sense of Belonging

Professional Training

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

If you noticed a haunting memory or experience that replays constantly, effects your relationships, or prevents you from living happily then EMDR is the treatment for you. There is possibility to be freed from your past pain or trauma! I am trained in EMDR therapy and in the process of certification, which requires additional specialty training and supervison then other professed EMDR trained counselors.

What is EMDR you might ask? It is a therapy technique used to help people heal from past disturbing events or trauma.  A disturbing event(s) can be any experience that made an emotionally negative impact on your life such as a nasty break up/divorce, bullying or harassment, public speaking catastrophes, etc.  If you are struggling to move past an issue, EMDR is great to help immediately reduce and eventually neutralize the past pain so you can move forward with your life. You might notice the past becoming a roadblock if all the reasoning in the world somehow does not convince you from the feeling hurt or anxious even if it is not logical. EMDR works to bring together truth in your head, statements such as”it’s not my fault” or “it’s not a big deal”, to truth in your heart where you believe and feel it is real too.

If you would like to know more about EMDR and to see if it is the best fit for you then visit here. 

Education & Experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have been practicing for the past 5 years. I completed my Master’s degree in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida, which is rated as one of the top 10 programs in the nation by US News and World Report in 2018.

I worked for 3 years as a Senior Youth Counselor in Orange and Seminole County Public Schools. I serviced teens dealing with suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, parental divorce/separation, peer to peer issues, anger management, etc. While working in the school system, I had a revolving door as teens came in and out for planned session as well as crisis moments.

In addition, I was an adjunct professor and advisor at the University of Central Florida. I helped college students and post-graduates clarify career paths or learn about/choose alternative options never considered. I have a heart to guide those who feel lost and confused about their life stage and who want to know/pursue other options.

Get to Know Colleen

I pursued this field after witnessing a close friend endure paralyzing fear, dread, and hopelessness in a time of hardship. I experienced a sense of helplessness and pain as a saw my friend struggling. I wanted to know and do more in order to truly help those who are suffering. Therefore, this one experience as well as several others pushed my to pursue my  counseling degree at the University of Central Florida as a way be better equipped to help others.

I was born and raised in South Florida. Growing up, I struggled to discover and establish my own cultural identity as a child of immigrants raised in the United States. Years later as an adult, I began an interracial relationship, and faced internal and external difficulties that came with the decision. From my life experiences, being different and never quite belonging is a familiar territory for me. At the same time, I understand and want to give them hope I later found in the beauty and uniqueness differences can bring when you embrace your true self. I hope to encourage individuals and teens to take hold of their lives so they can triumph over adversity.

On my spare time, I enjoy playing board games with my friends, cycling and traveling with my family, and discovering new restaurants in Central Florida. In addition, I serve as an active member at my church’s womens ministry team and am continuously learning the jungles of motherhood.

Contact

Contact Colleen Andre Today at 407-622-1770 or info@lifecounselingsolutions.com
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