Counselor. Author. Speaker. Truth Teller.
A respected professional counselor, published author and keynote speaker, Andrea Anderson Polk leverages over fifteen years of clinical experience, illuminating storytelling, and deep compassion to help ambitious women of faith face the deepest truths of their lives so they can be healed and celebrate a newfound freedom.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, is Nationally Certified and has served as president and vice president of the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC).
Andrea has been featured on The 700 Club, 700 Interactive, The Christian Post,100 Huntley Street, USA Today, Money Magazine, Perspective TV, Authority Magazine, Church Growth Magazine, The Science of Personality Magazine, and Publishers Weekly.
She is a registered clinical supervisor for the Virginia Board of Counseling, where she works with counseling candidates pursuing their professional licenses. Andrea is a Certified Professional Coach. Additionally, she holds a ministerial diploma and has a deep understanding of theology.
Andrea has a private mental health practice, Andrea Anderson LPC, LLC & Associates, providing faith-based psychotherapy. She believes healing happens through relationship - the wounds that occurred in relationship must be healed in a relationship. Therapy is not merely a conversation; it is a relationship between two people. Therapy is not something that happens to us, it is something that happens through us. Andrea comes alongside to you to cultivate authentic connection and co-create real, lasting change.
“I’m driven by a deep calling to help people find freedom and gain awareness of the hidden psychological and spiritual truths that are imprisoning them in unhealthy relationships and self-sabotaging ways of being,” Andrea says.
Andrea recently published her first book, The Cuckoo Syndrome: The Secret to Breaking Free from Unhealthy Relationships, Toxic Thinking, and Self-Sabotaging Behavior. The book represents an innovative, yet provocative approach to understanding the human heart and relationships by weaving together her story with science, scripture, and psychology.
She was inspired by her courageous clients to bring her breakthrough strategy about the cuckoo metaphor into print because of the life-saving changes it made in their lives.
"You will be welcomed into an honest conversation with yourself, God, and others about your wants, needs, and desires. You’ll discover that what or who is keeping you stuck, is not what you think it is. The Cuckoo Syndrome is driven by the truth of John 8:32 that the truth will set you free.” - Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, and New York Times best-selling author
Andrea's Myers-Briggs type is INFJ (which makes up less than 1% of the population)! She begins each morning with a cup of matcha, can’t resist vintage rock tees, and enjoys the company of her closest friends. She is married to her husband and best friend, Dan.