Andrea Kristensen

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Andrea Kristensen

Licensed Social Worker, LSW

Eatontown, NJ 07724 Offers In-Person and Online Therapy

About

Andrea, a Licensed Social Worker, is dedicated to providing mental health and addiction counseling services to both adult and adolescent clients. She graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a Masters in Social Work in 2023.

Andrea helps clients navigate their unique life journeys by addressing their past experiences, empowering them in the present, and reimagining their futures. She recognizes the importance of clients’ agency and works collaboratively with them to facilitate personal growth and healing.

 

Andrea incorporates various evidence-based approaches into her practice, drawing from Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), complex trauma treatment, mindfulness- based healing, and a strengths-based approach. By integrating elements from these modalities, she tailors her therapeutic interventions to meet the specific needs of each client.

Gambling Treatment

Although the vast majority of people who gamble will do so without any long-lasting problems, about 1% of the the population has a gambling disorder, and of those individuals, only 8% will seek treatment.

As a graduate of the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) program at Rutgers University, Andrea has received specialized training in the treatment of gambling disorder.

She has been trained in the use of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches that help individuals overcome their addiction.

When working as a member of a care team, Andrea will also coordinate with medical professionals who may prescribe pharmacological treatments.

When clients undergo these treatments, coupled with participation in self-help programs such as Gamblers Anonymous, they see a tremendous improvement in their abilities to overcome this challenging addiction.

Additional Information on Andrea

Andrea takes a client-centered approach to all her therapeutic activities, working on the foundation that good therapy must start from where the client is. She has been trained to work with people who have deep seated psychological pain and now seek relief.

Specifically, she works with people who have been diagnosed with substance abuse issues and who may also have severe co-occurring mental or behavioral disorders, including trauma, gambling, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, and more.

As these issues may afflict people at any age, across demographics, and genders, she works with individuals in whatever situation they happen to be.

Ideal Client

Clients who experience psychological pain often try to self-medicate through the use of substances and other addictive substances, or by participating in dangerous or self-destructive behaviors.

Andrea’s ideal client is someone who struggles with psychological pain but now desires help using evidence-based tools and techniques that relieve suffering, and lead to emotional healing.

Ideal clients have an open mind and are willing to be vulnerable and do hard therapeutic work.

 

Type of Therapy

 

N Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
N Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
N Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
N Illness Management Recovery (IMR)
N Mindfulness & relaxation
N Motivational Interviewing (MI)
N Solution Focused Therapy
N Strength-Based Interviewing

 

Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

 

Accepted Insurance Plans

N Aetna
N AmeriHealth
N Amerigroup
N Blue Cross
N Blue Shield
N BlueCross and BlueShield
N Cigna and Evernorth
N Empire BlueCross BlueShield
N Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
N Humana
N Magellan
N MagnaCare
N Medicaid
N Medicare
N Optum
N Oscar Health
N Oxford
N TRICARE
N UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
N Out of Network

 

 

Qualifications

i License: New Jersey: 44SL06947000
i Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor – Intern
i Licensed Gambling Clinician

 

 

Specialties

Substance Use Disorder
Trauma, PTSD
DBT / CBT
Recovery
Illness Management Recovery

 

Age

Pre-Teen
Teen
Young Adult
Adult
Elder (65+)

Client Focus

Individuals
Couples
Families

Treatment Approach

Understand where the clients are, what they need, and how to help them

 

Issues

Addictive Behavior/Gambling
Anxiety
Depression
Low Self-esteem
Addictions
Alcohol Use
Behavioral Issues
Bipolar
Borderline Personality
Depression
Psychosis
Schizoaffective
Substance Use
Trauma/PTSD