Andrea Mendez

City: Gaithersburg, MD
State: Maryland
Tel: 301-284-3238
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Langyages:

English

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Therapy Specialties: 

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues
  • Modality:

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth
  • Payments Accepted:

    My Approach to Helping

    I am excited that you are thinking about seeking therapy for yourself or your child. Therapy can be a decidedly effective tool for people looking for help with a particular, demanding challenge, as well as for those who want to gain a better understanding of their life and behavior patterns. I offer an encouraging, supportive setting for you or your child to examine feelings, situations or thoughts that seem to be confusing or significant.

    My practice values the therapeutic relationship as a distinct and highly valuable tool for change and healing. I will utilize our array of experiences to offer a holistic approach to therapy that will integrate creative as well as more traditional methods to help you gain insight and ultimately make positive changes to your personal relationships and life choices.

    I look forward to creating a unique therapeutic approach for you or your child by using a variety of techniques as they seem appropriate. One of my favorites is the acceptance and commitment therapy viewpoint because it enables us to embrace the person we currently are while concurrently seeking change.

    More Info About My Practice

    Video Conferencing Therapy is also available via Spruce app for residents of Maryland and New Jersey. Spruce is a HIPPA secure platform.

    My Role as a Therapist

    We believe our role as a therapist is to figure out how to best help you help yourself. That means that we will understand together how you have become the person you are in order to best understand how to navigate the gap between who you are now, and who you want to be. By exploring the past and “processing” negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger, fear, etc., we will be able to help you make more intentional and mindful decisions in your life. This is very different than allowing your sub conscious to make your decisions for you. Over time, it is my hope for you that you will feel more empowered to take steps to make the type of life you want for yourself.

    Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

    Clients do not always find the right fight when they choose a therapist for the first time. Selecting a therapist requires much of the same time and effort as selecting another type of professional to help you do something, such as finding a contractor, or a tutor. However, benefiting from therapy involves much more than simply hiring someone to do a great service. Most often, you will be discussing and expressing the most intimate details of your life to your therapist, and may even share things that literally no one else on the planet knows. This type of deep emotional work requires total comfort with your therapist including feeling a sense of ease with their personality, business practices, therapy location, and all around “vibe.” Though you may have not yet found this type of relationship with your therapist, we encourage you to keep looking until you do.

    The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

    When our clients start therapy, they are often wondering, “How long is this all going to take?” While everyone is different,most of my clients stay with us for about three to six months. Some of our clients have been with us for one year or more. We will typically start meetings one time per week, as we are learning “brain training.” In order for us to teach your mind to act in the ways we want it to, we will need to consistently reinforce what we are working on. Eventually we will move to meeting once every two weeks or perhaps even once per month, as we move towards the end of the therapeutic relationship.

    Client Focus (Age)

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Drama Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Services Fee

    Billing and Insurance:

    I don’t currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for “out of network” benefit coverage

    Fees: Individual – $180 for initial session, $150 for each follow up session
    Couples and Families – $200 for initial session, $180 per follow up session

    Accepting New Clients

    Weekend Availability

    Evening Availability

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