Andrea Tolbert, LCSW, MBA is a practitioner of:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) & Prolonged Exposure (PE) evidence-based treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Also known as Tapping and evidence-based practice for trauma, anxiety, and other conditions
Seeking Safety an evidence-based practice for the treatment of trauma and substance misuse
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) an evidence-based therapy for insomnia
Laughter Yoga (LY) a modality combining the benefits of laughter with Yogic breathing & mindfulness
Andrea graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of South Florida (USF)-Tampa on May 2, 2015 and a Masters in Business Administration from Husson University-Westbrook on May 5, 2018. In addition to clinical social work, Andrea's studies at USF included achievement of a graduate certificate in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling in August 2015. She has also completed several courses towards a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at USF and studied Substance Abuse Counseling at Beal College in Bangor, Maine. Andrea was an MSW intern at DACCO, Inc. from September 2013 to May 2015, providing individual and group format substance abuse counseling. Andrea has extensive experience conducting groups to include process groups, Seeking Safety, Matrix Relapse Prevention, Laughter Yoga, and CBT-I (Insomnia) and she is well trained and experienced in evidenced based practices (EBP’s) to include EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, EFT/Tapping, Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT-I, and Motivational Interviewing. Andrea has received training on Veterans' reintegration issues, has clinical experience working with veterans in the VA, and is a veteran herself, having honorably served in the US Army for 4+ years, including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Andrea has been serving clients in private practice at Absolute Happiness Psychotherapy and Consultation, PLLC since 2018.
Andrea's occupational interests are in substance abuse and addictions counseling, as well as clinical social work and research with women, military service members and veterans, military families, trauma recovery, and the LGBTQI populations. She is an independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW/LCSW) in Maine and Vermont, and a Telehealth registrant in Florida https://flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/