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USA Today Interviews Andrea on Successful Travel Coping Strategies

Everyone knows that although summer vacations are fun, they are not always restful and relaxing.

Sometimes we return home needing a vacation from our vacation! Traveling can be stressful, especially as people are anxious to get out, visit family and friends, and enjoy some much needed fun.

In a recent piece by USA Today, “Coping Strategies for crazy 2022 travel season: Take a breath and lower your expectations,” Andrea Anderson Polk gives expert advice on how to prioritize your mental health and deal with stress while traveling and vacationing this summer. Andrea is quoted in this excerpt from the article:

"Be mindful," says Andrea Anderson Polk, a licensed professional counselor from McLean, Virginia. She says travelers should regularly ask themselves what they need, what they're feeling, and what they want. "This is not a selfish exercise," she adds. "It is necessary for coping with stress."

Read the entire article HERE !

Are you anxious and stressed about traveling this summer or need help learning how to find peace amid busyness? Or just generally overwhelmed? Book an introductory session with Andrea today! She has helped hundreds of people overcome barriers and cultivate mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness!

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

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

Her book, The Cuckoo Syndrome, is a provocative approach to understanding the human heart and relationships by weaving together her story and those of her clients with science, scripture, and psychology.

Andrea is here to help ambitious women of faith experience healing and breakthrough so they can live each day with peace and purpose. She believes healing happens through relationships. The wounds that occurred in a relationship must be healed in a relationship. Andrea invites you into a life-altering relationship.
Find out more about her services and work with Andrea one-one- by contacting her here.


Andrea has spent her career studying the human experience and has developed a fascinating analogy that compares cuckoo birds, nature’s master manipulator and imposter, to situations and relationships that leave us feeling drained, confused, lost, and empty. Her new book, The Cuckoo Syndrome, helps us fend off the cuckoos, the unhealthy relationships, toxic thinking, and self-sabotaging behaviors in our life that never truly satisfy the deep longings of our souls and the desires of our hearts. 

Andrea’s clinically proven, innovative method helps us recover the lost pieces of ourselves, discover meaning in suffering, and transform our pain into purpose by teaching us to uncover the truth of who we are and who God is so we can be healed and live free. 

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