My Approach to Helping
I provide a personal and unique custom tailored counseling experience. My main objective is to help you find the quality of life you are seeking and go on that journey with you. We work on reducing anxiety, depression, or other symptoms while learning to create and maintain the quality of life you want.
A little about who I am:
My name is Andrea McGee, but I go by the name Dre. I have a great respect for those who seek to improve their quality of life. My life's work is dedicated to help facilitate that process and help collaborate to create clarity. I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to children, individuals, couples, and families.
I knew I wanted to be a therapist since high school and can happily say, that when my own guidance counselor said where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years; I am successfully where I wanted to be. I am active in my community and volunteer my time with Junior League of Santa Barbara and give presentations on mental health-related issues.
I like therapy to be unique and personal. I use different therapeutic methods to best fit your needs and tailor fit it to your life. I like to keep my counseling relevant and interesting and use different ways to achieve this, whether it be artistic methods or staying trained on cutting-edge psychology. Recently I added Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to my skill set and will continue to use education to bring new skills to my practice!
More Info About My Practice
Practice established in 2011.
My private practice was created here in Santa Barbara in 2011 and has grown over the years. Before my practice was created, I did counseling for a variety of places, including Hospice, Family Service Agency at La Cumbre Jr.High, and Community Action Commission. I ventured off on my own and I am now conveniently located downtown. My office is tucked away upstairs in the beautiful San Marcos Building and quietly off to the side of the building. I have enjoyed building a safe and empathetic place to come talk to me about your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Some specialties include
Pre-marital counseling- Helping the couple plan and prepare for a life long marital commitment. While addressing the stresses of the upcoming nuptials, we work on skills to communicate better, fight fairly, compromise, and help pin point issues of disagreement and highlight strengths.
Life Transitions, A lot of anxiety and depression can go hand in hand with life transitions, I help you find ways to manage and decrease this. I love my work with all ages of adults, helping to figure out how to manage, balance, and successfully transition through life stages and events.
Millennials- I have had extensive years of experience with this age group; communication, relationship issues, work pressures, self-esteem, anger management, and more.
Burnout- Whether you are burning out from your career or education, my work in this area focuses on reducing the high burnout rate seen in Santa Barbara. Learning concrete ways to better care for yourself and where you are going, to better get there.
EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy.