Andrea Mazzarino is a Clinical Social Worker and anthropologist located in rural Maryland. She is currently doing virtual sessions only with clients in Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Florida. In addition to working with individuals of all ages from early childhood to older adulthood, Andrea works with couples and families who would like to better their relationships. Her primary focus is to help those who experienced trauma, whether that’s from an abusive or neglectful relationship or wider community instability or armed conflict. Her clients might have experienced family separation because of military service or migration. She also helps parents and children develop closer bonds, which might help alleviate certain behaviors at school or in the home.
Andrea believes that all humans have innate strength for resilience, and throughout therapy sessions will affirm these strengths. She uses psychodynamic approaches with her clients, guiding them to understand how the past influences the here and now. With children, she offers play-based and art-based therapy, which can give them a way to express their emotions even when they don’t have the words. She often incorporates work with her cats or chickens to help some clients who are animal lovers to feel more at ease. Another therapy modality that Andrea uses is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which gives clients tools to address and combat the negative thought patterns that might influence how they see themselves or how they engage in conflict.
Andrea earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. She also has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Brown University. She enjoys bringing a cultural lens to her work with clients, encouraging them to consider what values, habits, and traditions they bring with them into their mental health journeys.