About Andrea

Andrea Freerksen, LCSW, MA

Hello! I'm creative, collaborative, transparent, and directive in my practice, and I use evidence-based best practices to make sure you're receiving the best treatment possible. I love meeting new clients and learning their stories, their strengths, and their goals.  I  feel fortunate to be able to use my skills to empower people whose stress has overwhelmed their typical ways of dealing with challenges.  Therapy is a safe place where the client and I meet regularly to bear witness to what has already happened, learning new skills to make desired changes, and envision the future to become your best self. My goal with my clients is to build up the client's strengths and skills so that eventually you can stop coming to therapy because you can manage the stress better on your own.

Credentials and Experience

LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
M.A. (MSW equivalent) in Social Service Administration at University of Chicago.
BA in Spanish at The Ohio State University.
EMDR Basic Training completed in April 2017.


I've provided psychotherapy in a variety of settings (private practice, community health, hospital, school, foster care, grassroots community organization, large nonprofit). No matter where I've been, my focus is always on the person in front of me.  Check out my full career profile on LinkedIn

Specialities

I empower my clients to develop the skills to overcome problems related to life transitions, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, work and academic stress, relationship and family conflicts, divorce and separation, grief and loss, chronic illness and pain, insomnia, child and adolescent behavioral problems, trauma, self-harm, violence, abuse, as well as issues related to marginalized identities (racism, sexism, homo- and trans-phobia). I specialize in treating problems rooted in intense experiences, including trauma. Sometimes what we learn to do to survive a situation ends up creating problems for us later in life. We will work together to uncover what is holding you back, and develop the skills you need to live a rich, full life. 

Therapy Approach

I use a collaborative, strengths-based approach that enhances skills and supports that you already use to manage stress, mixed with a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), family systems, and solution-focused therapies. Rather than just one therapy technique, I tailor my therapy sessions to meet the needs of my client.  Since mental and physical health are strongly connected and frequently affect one another, I often utilize behavioral or body-centered techniques with my clients to alleviate physical symptoms of stress.