Andrea Z. Sanderson Psychotherapy, LPC, PLLC

Andrea Z. Sanderson Psychotherapy, LPC, PLLC

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23 years in business

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I am a therapist with 23 years experience helping children, adolescents and adults with the inevitable trials and experiences of life. I have been in private practice since 2004. I graduated from George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins University where I received a Masters degree in Clinical Community Counseling.

I have experience treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, and life changes and transitions such as divorce, trauma, parent coaching, and reinventing oneself in times of change both desired, and unplanned. 

Therapy is a collaborative process, where the client experiences the freedom to express themselves, process their experiences, set goals, and actively participate in the therapeutic process. As a therapist, it is my job to help you realize your goals. arrive at a better understanding of yourself, and your relationships and experiences, and to help you live your most authentic, healthy life. 

My clients descibe me as warm, accepting, relatable, and invested in their care. They tell me that I hold them accountable to their goals, and changes they want to make in their lives. I look at clients holistically. People are not merely a diagnosis or a set of symptoms, but beings with multi-faceted lives that may encompass their physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and occupational experiences. 

Working with me is an active process. I am not the type of therapist to simply nod, and "uh, huh." I listen actively, often giving homework, and practical suggestions to help clients practice and gain mastery outside of the sessions. 

I use many different techniques that are tailored to each client's unique needs. For example, for anxiety Cognitive Behavioral techniques are often used with the aim of helping clients reprogram their negative, automatic, fixed or self-defeating beliefs and thoughts. Othertimes, somatic or body based techniques may be used to help physical tension, trauma  and, emotional stress. Techniques such as breathing, visualization, guided imagery, body mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation. 

It is important that clients feel that their therapy goes beyond just insight, and provides them with tools and coping skills to meet the challenges and experiences of their daily lives between sessions and in the future. 

You can learn more about me and my work at: 

Facebook: Andrea Z. Sanderson, LPC Psychotherapy

I am very fortunate to have a career that I love. It is a privilege to be able to help people live more satisfying, authentic and connected lives. The therapeutic relationship is like no other. It is free from judgement and hidden agendas. 

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Alexandria, VA 22307
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I offer free 20 minute consultations. It is important that a potential client feels that we are a "good fit" to work together. It is also important that the issues and goals that the client may have are ones that fall into my areas of expertise and experience.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have 23 years experience with children, adolescents and adults. I attended George Washington University earning a B.S in Psychology, and attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins where I earned an M.S. in Clinical Community Counseling. I have advanced training in play therapy, trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfullness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, and other experiential and somatic therapies. 

I have lived and worked overseas, and understand the unique challenges of adjusting to new cultures. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

I do not particpate in insurance. I am considered an out of network provider. I provide a statement to my clients that contains all of the information required by insurance companies to reimburse the client directly. Most of my clients who file for reimbursement, and have mental health coverage, receive reimbursement to the maximum allowable by their insurance company for out of network services. 

I accept credit cards, Flexible Spending Account cards (FSA), checks and cash. Currently, in the COVID-19 crisis I am offering a 15% off individual, 50-minute sessions. 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

What do they want to get out of therapy? What are your goals?

Have you ever been in therapy? What was that experience like? 

What is working in your life? What is not working? 

What brings you to therapy now?