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)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) an evidenced based practice for helping lovers connect and heal through attachment
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 in 2015 and a Masters in Business Administration from Husson University-Westbrook in 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, Brief Solutions Focused therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (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 is an independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW/LCSW) in Maine and Vermont, and a Telehealth registrant in Florida https://flhealthsource.gov/tel... and South Carolina https://llr.sc.gov/TeleHealth/...
Andrea's occupational interests are recovery from complex trauma, substance abuse and addictions counseling, advances in clinical social work, women's health, military service members and veterans, Polyamory, and persons identifying as BIPOC and LGBTQIA. Her occupational interests are aligned with core identity aspects as a Queer-Poly Black Female Disabled Veteran and she considers it an incredible privilege and source of gratitude to work with people who share these identities and experiences.
Andrea is a homeschooling mom, avid traveler, Zumba fanatic, and cat enthusiast AKA Really Crazy Cat Lady and will be happy to hear about your kids, travels, workouts, cats or other furry loved ones and in her free time enjoys reading, family time, and outdoors adventuring.