Andrea’s love of connection has made her the caring therapist she is today. With eight years of practice under her belt, she’s always put the client at the centre of her approach and is excited to help even more individuals by offering psychedelic-assisted therapy.
“I wanted to work one-on-one with clients, I really valued human connection. So, I wanted that to be a part of my everyday life…” Andrea is a registered psychologist with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and holds a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and Master’s degree in Psychiatry from McGill University. Her impressive education has enabled her to train and work in various settings, including hospital outpatient clinics, emergency psychiatry, university counselling centres and private practice.
Andrea has always valued working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a wide range of challenges and can deliver therapy in English, French and Spanish. Her hope is to help her clients navigate these challenges by undertaking potentially life-changing therapeutic experiences in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Andrea’s approach has evolved over the years. Now, she deeply understands how to each client becomes the expert of their own experience, while the therapist serves as a guide to offer support and direction in their healing process. Rather than managing symptoms, Andrea strives to accompany her clients in making integral changes that address the root cause of their struggles. Being emotion-focused, process-oriented and trauma-informed, she draws from experiential approaches that include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Tune in as Andrea shares more about her passion for her line of work and how psychedelic-assisted therapy is helping to address gaps and provide innovative treatment in today’s mental healthcare systems.
I wanted to work one-on-one with clients, I really valued human connection. So, I wanted that to be a part of my everyday life and I see the invaluable role that psychotherapy has for marginalized populations. The work that Numinus does is… it’s so important because it’s bringing a very innovative type of therapy approach, which is psychedelic- assisted therapy, to meet a need that is present in the mental health system right now.
I know that psychotherapy is invaluable and it’s essential, but I also recognize that there are limitations to traditional psychotherapy – and this is where psychedelic-assisted therapy can come and fill that gap. And I think Numinus is really putting this forth in their work and trying to come up with innovative ways to help those that need it.
With psychedelic-assisted therapy, I know that research is emerging right now, so we know that specific populations particularly may benefit from this approach. So, clients who suffer from PTSD or treatment-resistant depression or addictions are some of the populations that we know can benefit from this type of work.
Working in this company is definitely a reminder of why I do what I do and it gives me kind of hope for my field, the opportunities to learn from each other, to network with a lot of experts in the field. For me to be a clinician in this work, I think that the first thing that comes to mind is just being able to be humble and be curious and be there for the clients. And I think that the approach that psychedelic-assisted therapies adopt really puts the client at the center of the process and the healing process. And I know Numinus really adheres to some of these principles and so I feel like they really align well with the approach that I have.