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Andrea’s Interview in Authority Magazine on Her Story, New Book, and Self-Acceptance

Updated: Jul 1

In a recent interview by Authority Magazine, “How To Learn To Finally Love Yourself,” Andrea

Anderson Polk is quoted in these excerpts from the article:

Decades ago, my healing coincided with my parents’ divorce, which landed me in counseling

during that particularly difficult season of my life. It was not until I began my journey of personal growth and therapy that I felt safe and was finally able to put a voice to my pain and tell my story.

Upon the counseling I received, I felt compelled to pursue it as a career for the purpose of providing freedom that I received myself to others. Since then, I have had the privilege of

meeting with hundreds of clients as a clinician in private practice in my hometown which

continually serves as a nostalgic reminder of the power our stories hold especially in

transforming pain into purpose.

Many of my clients come to counseling wanting tools so they can be fixed. They are in a hurry

and anxious to fix the problem. They do not see the connection between their relational, mental, or emotional issues and frantically wanting to fix themselves so they can be “happy or normal again.”

They are unaware of the past and present pain in their life and how these are affecting

their current issues. These clients desperately want to know things and how to be fixed at the

cost of being known as a person.

Due to this reoccurring patten I see among my clients, I developed a term, “projectizing,” which is a psychological defense mechanism — a deeper and more dangerous form of perfectionism. Projectizing is making oneself a project that needs to be fixed. When we make ourselves a project, we disconnect from our true self because we do not know who we are or what we want, need, and feel. We are anxiously trying to fix ourselves instead. Projectizing is a form of self-attack and is rooted in shame because if we truly loved and accepted ourselves, we wouldn’t treat ourselves as a project that needs to be fixed. Rather, we would view ourselves as a person worthy of love and compassion.

Read the article HERE!

Are you struggling with self-acceptance, perfectionism, or low self-esteem? Or just generally

anxious or depressed? Book an introductory session with Andrea today! She has helped

hundreds of people overcome self-defeating mindsets and cultivate mental, emotional, and

spiritual health!

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In May of 2022, my new book, The Cuckoo Syndrome: The Secret to Breaking Free from Unhealthy Relationships, Toxic Thinking, and Self-Sabotaging Behavior released.


 I will be offering tools and helpful information to guide you on the path of living cuckoo-free.

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Are you or someone you know experiencing The Cuckoo Syndrome? Curious to find out which type of cuckoo you have in your life: The Relationship Cuckoo, The Self-Inflicted Cuckoo, or The Combination Cuckoo? 


Andrea Anderson Polk is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, registered clinical supervisor, and certified professional coach.  She has a private practice located in Northern Virginia and has over a decade of clinical experience helping hundreds of clients on their healing journey. 


Andrea is the author of The Cuckoo Syndrome: The Secret to Breaking Free from Unhealthy Relationships, Toxic Thinking, and Self-Sabotaging Behavior which weaves together her story with scripture, science, and psychology. 

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Andrea is devoted to bringing together truth-seekers around the globe united in their search for authenticity, transformative healing, and meaningful life.


She is driven by a deep commitment to helping people uncover hidden psychological, relational, and spiritual truths that are keeping them stuck so they can be free.

Andrea teaches courageous men and women how to take their life back and live each day with peace and purpose. 


Interested in working with Andrea? Find out more about her services and contact her here.