Andrea Ureata, M.S, LMHC, CCATP
1. One of my favorite childhood memories is . . .
Traveling with my family to stay at my grandparents’ house for the weekend. It felt like a mini vacation where we could relax, eat good food, and play in the pool all day!
2. I love being a mental health counselor because . . .
I absolutely love to watch clients grow and find their inner power. I wish everyone could learn to find confidence, strength, and peace in being who they truly are and living a life that is authentic to them.
3. A life lesson I’ve learned from my clients is . . .
although we may not have had the same experiences but or backgrounds, we can all find a way to connect with and support each other.
4. Three words that describe my counseling style are . . .
curious, realistic, and genuine.
5. When I’m not in counseling sessions, you’ll find me . . .
spending time with my family, playing with my dogs, reading, or gardening.
6. Three people who inspire me are . . .
My family, Brene Brown, and Dolly Parton.
7. A quote that I live by is . . .
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
8. One thing guaranteed to push me out of my comfort zone is . . .
9. My best self-care technique is . . .
taking a few minutes by myself to do whatever will help the most in that moment, whether it be deep breathing, crying, or dancing it out.
10. This is how I found counseling and how counseling found me . . .
I’ve always enjoyed having deep conversations with others and really getting to know them. In high school I took a psychology class and things just seemed to click. I was immediately intrigued and continued to learn as much as I could. I am forever grateful to all those who have trusted me as someone they could open up to and have allowed me to help guide them on their journeys.
11. One thing I could not live without is . . .
dogs and ice cream.
12. If I were to tell a friend about mental health counseling, I would say . . .
although it can be challenging and even feel scary at times, it can be so worth it. Just be open to the process and be honest with yourself.
13. The approaches I draw from in my counseling practice are . . .
Person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and positive psychology.
14. Clients that challenge me the most have this in common . . .
those who are closed-minded or struggle to take accountability for themselves.