Andrea McGovern, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
Weekend Appointments Available
Extensive Experience Working With Individuals, Teens & Couples
Andrea McGovern has extensive experience in working with individuals, teens and couples who have suffered from early childhood trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression and other overwhelming issues that can impair one's ability to function in a productive and meaningful way. Through her diverse past experiences in treating individuals in counseling, she has come to believe that people are searching for a way to remove the obstacles that are keeping them from living a happy, meaningful and purposeful life. This is often contrary to the belief of many, which is, that acquiring something will achieve happiness, rather than removing something. Those obstacles can either be our health, a person, a job, a thing, or even the way we think and view ourselves or any given situation.
She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1991 and continued graduate studies in Psychology at California State University Northridge, graduating in 1993 with a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology.
She spent ten plus years working as aparent educater and psychotherapist for the U.S. Navy, counseling individuals and couples who were stationed at the Naval bases located in Pt.
Mugu and Port Hueneme, CA. It was there that she also had the opportunity to teach many life skill classes, such as anger management, stress management and parenting. She was also an integral part of a professional team who's outreach and education was directed to the enlisted as well as Command personal, on just how devastating domestic violence could be to the family.
Upon leaving her work with the Navy, she taught in the Psychology Department for California State University Los Angeles. Concurrently she also worked as an in-patient therapist facilitating groups and performing individual and family counseling for substance abuse patients.
As a private practice clinician, her approach is active, direct, and always empathic. She finds that a combination of cognitive-behavioral and existential therapy works best in providing her clients excellent service.
Let her help you explore unresolved issues from your past or identify current stressors, which may be causing you to suffer from feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, depression, or to rely on any substance to dull the pain.
If you have the desire for change, together, we can break the deeply ingrained patterns in your life that are keeping you from becoming the healthy, happy and positive spiritual individual that you are meant to become.