An interview with Andrea Beres
Why did you become a psychologist?
I became a psychologist in my early 20s, after working as an executive assistant. Psychology really appealed to me because of its vast application in life and I have a natural curiosity for people.
What are you passionate about in Psychology?
I draw on a range of therapies and I’m particularly passionate about schema therapy. Schema therapy is an integrated therapy known as a third wave in CBT. This includes psychotherapy as well as CBT. It helps people heal from unhelpful thinking, feeling and behaving. The other field that I’m particularly passionate about is neurodiversity (I work with you to do assessments, I don’t like to call it diagnosis) – so assessments and therapy in the neurodiversity field and helping clients to learn about themselves in a neuro-affirming way.
What gives you a sense of satisfaction?
What gives me a sense of satisfaction working with you as the client is that ‘aha moment’ where you start to understand the underpinnings for your problems. Other areas of satisfaction are witnessing change in you and helping you to feel empowered, make decisions in your life.
What can a client expect in their first session?
In your first session with me, you can expect to feel safe, welcomed and not judged. You will have some questions about your developmental years, your current situation, what you’ve come to therapy for and what your aims are, and how we can work together. If you’re coming to therapy for the first time, you can expect to feel congratulated because of this big step that you’re taking.