I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. I moved to Colorado to be near the mountains and pursue graduate school. I began my career as a counselor working with at risk youth, in residential settings, from 1998-2006. During that time, I met many social workers who were excellent therapists. This inspired me to seek my graduate degree with a clinical focus. I completed my MSW in Clinical Social Work from Colorado State University advanced standing program in 2007.
Since 2007, I have worked as a therapist with adolescents and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. Most recently, I worked with adult clients on a longer term basis in an outpatient setting. I have been licensed in Clinical Social Work (L.C.S.W.) since 2010 and I am a registered licensed psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Additionally, I am in process of applying for License in Addiction Counseling (L.A.C)
Throughout life we all incur emotional wounds, that cause us pain. Rejection, not being valued/seen, abuse, being discounted, boundary violations and belittled, to name a few. Similar to a physical injury, when the pain is too great, we can act out in damaging or impulsive ways. We can also develop distorted beliefs of ourselves. This can infect our worth and identity. Much like a weed in a garden, distorted beliefs can influence how we behave and treat ourselves/others. Survivalist, impulsive ways to cope with pain, actually deliver more of what we don't want: broken relationships, chaos, addiction, hopelessness, fear and low worth/esteem. Better understanding our wounds allows us to more clearly identify infected beliefs and challenge them. This creates the opportunity to nurture messages that bring life. We must first learn new ways and habits which effectively cope with the pain.
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who feel ensnared and trapped by painful emotions and self destructive behaviors. Better understanding our wounds, and beliefs tied to them, sets us out on a road of healing and freedom. We need to be able to safely process and develop adaptive/healthy ways to cope with the pain. Ways that can actually help the wounds heal.
For nearly 20 years, I have worked with people, of all ages, in various therapeutic settings. I believe we can be empowered in the most painful places, but we need a safe place to learn how. The very wounds and pain seemingly set out to destroy us, can be the catalyst to help us become free, more confident and connected with our true worth, value and identity. I honor those that take this risk and seek to be a guide along your journey. If I am not the right therapist for you, I am glad to assist in guiding you to the support that best fits you and your needs.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (https://andrewjheinzcounseling.com/resources-1). I also offer Christian Counseling upon request.
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