BAYOU WELLNESS is owned and facilitated by Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional, Andrea Burks. Andrea has a Master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and a Bachelor's degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. She strongly believes in the effectiveness of counseling and is dedicated to the clients she serves. Andrea works with both couples and individuals, using an integrated therapy approach that heavily features Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with strong emphasis on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. She uses many concepts from the Gottman Method in her work with couples. Other approaches included in her multi-faceted counseling style include techniques from Exposure Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. For those seeking psychological and spiritual healing through a Biblical perspective, Andrea offers Christian counseling. Andrea's history of work in a residential substance abuse rehabilitation facility afforded her the opportunity to develop expertise and certification in addiction therapy as well as experience treating the many other co-occurring issues therein. These naturally include impulse-control disorders, depression, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, domestic violence, relationship problems, behavioral problems, personality disorders, ADHD, sleep disturbance, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, criminal activity, chronic pain, and anger issues. Andrea continues to pursue relevancy in mental health and substance abuse research and trainings, upholding fidelity to evidence-based practices, maintaining ACA standards of professionalism and ethics, and always putting the clients needs first. Whether you are looking for a compassionate psychotherapist or an experienced substance abuse counselor, Andrea's blend of skill, personality, and care make for a highly effective combination.