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Andrea Undlin, MA, LMFT andrea@affinitypsych.com

andrea-undlin

Andrea Undlin, MA, LMFT

andrea@affinitypsych.com

Welcome! First and foremost, I applaud you for taking your mental health or the mental health of a loved one seriously. Seeking therapy is not an easy step to take for a variety of reasons and I am glad you are here. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a MN Board-approved supervisor, and a trauma specialist. I know that it is not fun or easy to start to unpack the “luggage” you’ve been carrying around for too long that’s been packed full of sad, painful, scary, shameful or other difficult memories or feelings. I know that you may be coming into therapy believing the LIES that life experiences or people in your life have caused you to believe: that you are “broken,” “damaged,” or “crazy.” I’m here to help you unpack that metaphorical luggage and find the truth that you are capable, worthy, resilient, and lovable. I will meet you where you are at, encourage you, empower you, and I will support you along the way. I already believe in you and it’s my commitment to help you believe in yourself.

A Special Note to BIPOC individuals , LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from other marginalized groups: I acknowledge that I am a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied female. I recognize that already impacts my ability to fully empathize with many of the difficulties you face in a world that is often unkind or inequitable to those in marginalized groups. With that, I want you to know that I am here for you. I am committed to being a safe and welcoming therapist for people of all backgrounds, to help you navigate the specific difficulties of your life.




How I Work

I believe that therapy needs to be just enough difficult to know you’re getting some work done but also rewarding enough to keep you coming back to do the hard work!

My therapy framework is rooted in an evidence-based therapy called Internal Family Systems. This therapy holds the belief that all humans consist of a Self with many Parts. Often when someone needs to go to therapy, it’s because Parts of them are taking control and making them act in ways that they wish they didn’t. Parts can make us feel anxious; Parts can make us react with anger; Parts can make us drink, do drugs, find control through food, or make us engage in other unhealthy behaviors to cope. Perhaps you can relate to some of the Parts I just mentioned or perhaps you’ve already identified your own unique Parts. In therapy with me, “all Parts are welcome” without judgement from me. I help my clients get to know the Parts of them that may be taking control in unhelpful ways and help my clients regain control in a Self-lead way.

I am also trained in brain-based therapies and interventions. If you’ve experienced trauma, significant stress, or adverse childhood experiences, you likely need something more than traditional “talk therapy.” Often the most effective way to heal trauma is through the brain and the body because that is where the experiences are stored. I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and I have completed Phase 1 of Brainspotting. I incorporate brain-based modalities into many of my sessions to really get to the root of the problems you face and literally help you re-wire your neural pathways to support positive mental health and well-being.

In addition to trauma, I also have specialization in attachment and I have completed an in-depth training in adoption and permanency. I enjoy working with parents of young children using a reflective model called “Circle of Security.” My “parent clients” have found great benefit in learning how to meet their children’s needs through learning where their child is at “on the circle of security” to reduce power struggle, behavioral issues, and other stressful parenting moments.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Many of my clients have commented that they have experienced true progress and change in our work together. They also appreciate that I am genuine and personable in our work together. Just because I am a therapist and have a lot of solid trainings and knowledge does NOT mean I have it all figured out. Also, I fully acknowledge and admit that some of the interventions I use may seem weird or “woo-woo”-at least they did to me when I started learning about them. But here’s the thing – they ACTUALLY WORK, and enough research backs that up for me to feel confident in saying that. I do my best to practice what I preach and I don’t ask my clients to try any intervention that I haven’t found personally helpful.



Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma/Significant Stress (e.g. victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, early childhood abuse or neglect, bullying, combat trauma, car accidents, persistent emotional invalidation in childhood)
  • Family of origin issues
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Body Image/Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Perfectionism
  • Parent-Child Relationship Difficulties
  • Parenting Difficulties
  • Navigating Life Transitions

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Children 7 and older with Anxiety Difficulties
  • Parents of young children
  • Families in Conflict
  • Blended-Families

Professional background:



Education

  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
  • Bachelors in Family Social Science- University of Minnesota

Trainings

  • MN LMFT Board-Approved Supervisor
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • EMDR Consultant in Training (CIT)
  • EMDR Early Attachment Protocol
  • EMDR with Complex PTSD and Dissociation
  • Level 1 Internal Family Systems
  • Level 2 Internal Family Systems- working with Eating Disorders and Addiction
  • Thought Field Therapy (“tapping”)
  • Brainspotting Phase1
  • Certified Circle of Security-Parent Facilitator
  • Certification in Permanency and Adoption Competency

Previous employment:

  • The Calli Institute
  • St. David’s Center
  • Life-Span Youth Transition Services
  • The Emily Program Anna-Westin House-Adolescent

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LMFT 3317

Dana Stewart, MSW, LICSW dana@affinitypsych.com

Dana Stewart, MSW, LICSW

dana@affinitypsych.com

Welcome, and I am so glad you are here! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who recently moved here from Wisconsin. Yes, I am a cheese head and consider cheese to be a staple in my diet! I obtained my Masters Degree from St. Thomas University in Clinical Social Work and eventually decided to take the leap and make MN my home. I have wanted to do therapy as a profession since I was in 8th grade. I’ve always said that doing therapy is in my bones. I believe in our need to be seen, heard, and to feel connected. I trust the process of therapy and the need for all of us to be living our truth and figuring out how best to do that through the process of this work. I have worked as an outpatient psychotherapist for the last 9 years, working with adolescents, individuals, and couples.




How I Work

I love this process of therapy. I get giddy at the idea of humans finding a deeper connection to themselves and the people around them and to find freedom from what keeps them stuck. I believe in a non-judgmental and loving approach mixed with the ability to be challenged, when it’s required. I have been told my clients feel a sense of true acceptance and compassion from me, even amidst the moments they are being challenged and encouraged to dig deep into what might rather be avoided. I engage in a strong mindfulness approach and work to help create a stronger connection to your body for a greater sense of safety, self-regulation, and knowing of yourself. Often, trauma and complicated relationships with our caregivers disconnect us from our bodies in multiple ways. I want you to return home to you. I want you to walk into my office and, in spite of what you are carrying on your shoulders, feel as though the space you have with me allows you to take a sigh of relief. To feel safe and held as we weed through the difficulties you are trying to make sense of.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Finding the right therapist for you is important, and here’s what I bring to the table. I consider myself to be intuitive and accepting and to call you out when needed. I also like to bring humor into the room, when appropriate. I try to help people connect to the truth of who they are. I understand this can sound and feel scary. I consider the mind/body connection to be incredibly important. I take what you put in your body and how you move your body into account, which sometimes results in incorporating yoga into therapy sessions. It is my desire to be with you in a way that allows you to really feel as though you are held safely in my space as you do your work of evolving. I also work hard to dig into my own struggles and evolve on my own path in a way that makes me the human I want to be. I believe that being the kind of therapist I desire and showing up for you also requires for me to check myself and hold myself accountable to doing the work.



Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma (acute and chronic)
  • Family of origin issues
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Body Image/Self-worth
  • Shame
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Identity Exploration
  • Grief and Loss (including pet loss)

Populations I Serve:

  • Helping Professionals
  • LGBTQ+Community
  • Individual Adults
  • Couples in Conflict
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Creative Types
  • Military and Law Enforcement
  • Open, Poly and Non-Monogamous Relationships
  • Teletherapy

Professional background:



Education

  • Masters of Clinical Social Work – St. Thomas University/College of St. Catherine
  • BA in Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Stout

Trainings

  • 230 Hour Yoga Training
  • Brainspotting – Level 2
  • EMDR – Level 1
  • Relational Life Training – Level 1
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Brene’ Brown: Living Brave
  • Food as Medicine
  • Brain-Gut Connection
  • Yoga and Mental Health
  • Pet Loss Bereavement
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous employment:

  • Cardinal Psychotherapy and Coaching
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Tuning Tree
  • Vantage Point Clinic and Assessment Center

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LICSW #27820

Jessica McBride, MPS, LPCC, LADC jessica@affinitypsych.com

Jessica McBride, MPS, LPCC, LADC

jessica@affinitypsych.com

Hi! Welcome to my little blurb! I hope that you feel like you get to know me just a bit. I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. I have a Masters in Professional Studies, a graduate certification in Addiction Studies, and a BA in Psychology, all from the University of Minnesota. I have worked in a gender-specific treatment program for women as a counselor and in leadership roles. I also worked for two years as an addiction therapist in Hong Kong, with the expatriate population. I have seen that, across the world, people are yearning for the same thing: connection. We humans are a funny bunch; what we are yearning for is what we also push away, out of fear of rejection and vulnerability, shame, and low self-worth. I practice what I preach in my own life and I am genuinely excited about helping you do the same!




How I Work

Feminist theory and relational-cultural theory (RCT) are the anchors in the framework of my counseling theory and direct my professional and personal life. Through these theories, connection and empowerment are able to thrive and start the motion of change. When I work with someone, I don’t ask, “why the issue?” I ask, “where is the pain?” I believe in validating each persons individual experience because each person I work with, matters. My belief is that we are ultimately seeking connections, and those connections help us to nurture and cultivate change. To be self-actualized does not mean to be in complete harmony with the path one is on or to not have questions or difficulties. When a human is self-actualized, they are connected to others in empathic, supportive, empowering relationships that foster empathy and support. Together, we will work on accessing all of the strengths that you may not know you have. I am a stickler for language because the words we use about ourselves matter, and together we will build a new and empowering framework for your inner monologue, which sets the foundation for how you ultimately treat yourself.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I am highly empathic and in-tune with other people’s emotions and with the energy that is in the session. I really believe in giving you space to feel what you are feeling and empowering you to name it. The space that I create and nurture is safe, respectful, culturally responsive, and empowering. Clients have repeatedly told me that they feel at ease very quickly in my presence. I work with people on seeing and experiencing their own vulnerability as signs of strength and courage; bravery is not about stoicism, it is about authentic connection and allowing yourself the gift of really being “seen.” My clients tell me often that they feel “seen” and heard by me, which is ultimately how trust is built. I value getting to know my clients’ stories and helping them understand how they want to change the narrative, in order to live the most satisfying and fulfilled life possible. Humans are hard-wired for connection and I believe that the connections we have in our lives set the foundation for everything else. I love being a therapist and, dare I say, I do believe that therapy can be a fun and enlightening process! I look forward to working with you.



Issues I Treat:

  • Addiction (substance and process)
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Body image issues
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Grief/complicated grief and loss
  • Intimacy issues (physical and emotional)
  • Life transitions
  • Loneliness/isolation
  • Mental health and family issues related to addiction
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Trauma and abuse

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Young Adults/college age
  • Expatriate population
  • Tele-therapy
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Healthcare/licensed professionals
  • HPSP involvement
  • Adults involved in legal system (CP/Probation)

Professional background:



Education

  • Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Graduate Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • BA in Psychology – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Trainings

  • Level 1 Certification in Narrative Therapy (in progress)
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2
  • DBT
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Co-occuring Disorders
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • Wayside Recovery Center
  • HCMC Addiction Medicine
  • St. John’s Counseling Center

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc01586
  • Minnesota: LADC #303010