Andrea Stiles is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has been in the field since 2012 working with mental health, mood, personality and trauma issues, and addictive disorders. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, gender, trauma, sexuality, dating, relationships (both traditional and nontraditional), addiction, and life transition issues. Read her full bio here.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Andrea, please contact our intake department.

What self care techniques or activities do you do?
For self-care, I often take time to myself. I may meditate, take a bike ride, hit the gym, listen to music and dance, or practice breathing techniques. I find that time alone gives me the space to recharge the batteries in my mind, body, and spirit.
What made you become a therapist?
I became a therapist as I truly enjoy the profession and art of helping. Being a therapist comes naturally and is an enjoyable experience. I have always been curious about the “why’s” behind human behavior, thought, and emotion. This curiosity drives my passion for the interest and exploration of others, in hopes to improve the quality of life of everyone I encounter. Growing up in a family that suffers from mental health issues and addiction, I remember always being driven to help, to want to do something to alleviate their pain; and through a listening ear, empathy, and an objective stance, I have been able to serve many people through difficult life transitions.
What are your specialties?
I specialize in women’s issues, addiction, sex related concerns, relationship concerns, trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, parenting, relationship issues, gender and identity concerns, LGBTQ issues, and multicultural concerns.
 
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked odd jobs to get me through school, and for a while I considered a career in art, fashion, and photography. As a result, I picked up many hobbies and skills. Of them, I have stuck with photography, painting and drawing, and plan to get back into designing and sewing clothing.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
When being engaged with a therapist that is a good fit, the process of talk therapy and counseling can be life changing. I believe being engaged in a safe and effective therapeutic relationship in of it self can help a person work through their concerns. Through my own journey through therapy, I have grown and come to understand more things about myself than I could have imagined. This growth was through regular sessions, processing, feedback, and reflection with a therapist that is patient, kind, understanding, supportive, objective, nonjudgemental, empathic, and willing to work with me through the process by providing much needed encouragement and insight.
 
Why is it important to seek counseling?
We all have various practices for taking care of our bodies, and the same can be said for the practices we engage in to take care of our spirit. I think the same should be applied to our minds… our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Coming into therapy and counseling does not mean that there is something wrong, I like to think of it as something all people should consider as a “mental check-up.” The stigma around mental health can keep people from experiencing one of the most rewarding relationships I have come to understand.
Urban Balance prioritizes the safety of our clients and staff and will provide teletherapy counseling services.
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