About Me

Hi, my name is Andrea (pronounced Ann-dray-uh) and I identify as a queer, cis-gendered straight size white female (among other privileged identities), and I work within an anti-racist, fat positive and sex positive framework. I use she and her pronouns. Before opening my private practice in 2017, I enjoyed working and volunteering with various non-profit agencies in Seattle for over a decade: Downtown Emergency Service Center, Full Life Care, Multifaith Works, Seattle Counseling Service, and the Samarya Center. 

 

My interest in nutrition began with my own recovery from an eating disorder in 2005. With the help of numerous therapists and treatment providers, I learned that caring for my body is about so much more than the specific type or quantity of food I put into my body, and have since received specialized training and education from pioneers in the size acceptance and intuitive eating fields. Over many years, forming a kind and respectful relationship with my body created the conditions for me to eventually grow more self-compassion and self-acceptance for all of the parts of me, including those parts stigmatized by systemic oppression and wounded from trauma. 

I have personal and professional passion around the area of perinatal mental health, fertility and conception challenges, pregnancy loss and grief, and childless and childfree affirmative therapy. As a queer person, I particularly enjoy being able to support people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community with their nuanced needs and experiences around these topics. My practice is inclusive of all people seeking support, including heterosexual individuals and families. 

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Education 

 

  • B.S. Human Biology and Health Psychology, Bastyr University, 2008

  • M.S. Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology, Bastyr University, 2017 

Licenses

  • Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LH61014562

  • Certified Nutritionist, NU60822465

 

Certifications

  • Certified Body Trust Provider(r), Be Nourished Training Institute, 2017

Professional Memberships