Andrea McGill Psychotherapy

Butterfly Wing
The Art & Science of Psychotherapy

What is the Art of Therapy, What is the Science?

The Art of Psychotherapy is my ability to create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore and discover yourself.

I work from a holistic perspective with the conviction that the integration of mind, body, and spirit is necessary to create well-being and self-acceptance. I have both professional and personal experience in understanding the process of healing trauma. By establishing a personal connection in a safe place we will begin our journey together by accepting who you are right now rather than focusing on negative judgments.

The Science of Psychotherapy focuses on using current developments in neuroscience and psychology with particular attention to somatic psychology, and mindfulness practices.

Contemporary research show that our brains are remarkably plastic, or have the property known as neuroplasticity. We now know that we can make new neural connections and pathways that will create new patterns of thoughts and feelings, and behaviors.  Your neural circuits starting forming before you were born, and continue to grow and evolve through childhood... right up to the moment you are reading this.

What fires together, wires together. Traumatic events like early childhood experiences of hurt or abandonment, war, accidents,and violence are not only conceptual, but they are embodied. It is through mindful attention to our emotions, bodies, and minds, that healing and resolution can occur.

Emotional responses are often what drive our learning experiences, thus increasing neural activity and promoting new connections. Learning to pay attention to our emotional, and physical, experience in the moment allows us to make new choices. By repeating these new choices, new pathways and connections actually make enduring changes in the physical tissues of your brain.

My work uses the Somatic principals of the Hakomi Method, Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and have used this method to relieve symptoms of trauma and PTSD. My skills in EMDR have been augmented by training in current Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops.

How does this happen? What does it mean for you in our therapy?

In our sessions you can learn how to use your body as a guide to pay attention to current patterns of thinking, feeling,and behaving.This is sometimes referred to as mindsight. In session we will practice ways that you can engage your parasympathetic nervous system to regulate and soothe your own feelings of anxiety and depression.

Learning how the body reacts to trauma is an important piece in the process of moving out of feeling helpless toward feeling whole and empowered. You are a survivor. Reaching out for more support, more clarity will move you further along your journey toward the life you envision for yourself.

As you use your mind, or cognition, to pay attention to your immediate physical and emotional experiences, you will learn to deepen your understanding of yourself and begin the learning a lifelong skill of making conscious, and clear choices.







Andrea McGill
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC#50944

921 The Alameda, Suite #107
Berkeley, CA 94707

3694 Hillborn Rd. #150
Fairfield, CA. 94534