Andrea Patten


Andrea Patten


Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare


Fridley, Minnesota 55432

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My Approach to Helping

I provide each client a warm, compassionate, and safe space for you to share your story and feel heard. I believe that you are the expert on your own life, including your health, emotions, relationships, and body. I tailor my work with you to your individual needs and goals. I understand that taking the steps to begin therapy can be scary, and I hope to make you feel at home in the therapy space. My specialty areas include EMDR, somatic experiencingmind-body work and mindfulness-based stress reduction. I am passionate about helping people to work on familylife adjustments, trauma, anxiety and panic, attachmentrelational concerns, and depression. I provide individual therapy for adults who need trauma work or who are experiencing anxiety (including panic, phobias), self-esteem concerns, and depression. I am trained in EMDR to specifically work on traumatic events (both "big" and "small") and have specialized training to be able to adapt it throughout the lifespan (including young children). I also provide experiential play therapy for children 2-7 years old. Additionally, I am trained in PrepareEnrich assessments for couples. I welcome people of all backgrounds (ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation) and strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all.

More Info About My Practice

*Please provide my name to the intake scheduler when calling for an appointment, as there are multiple therapists at my location.* Also make sure to leave a message for myself or the intake staff and someone will call you back as soon as possible. Daytime appointments only.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

The number one important thing about making therapy successful is finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with and a therapist that you can connect with. People who have found the right therapist have an overall sense that the therapist is a good "fit" for them. I provide a non judgmental, safe space for clients to share their story. I want all of my clients to feel comfortable to be themselves in the therapy space.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

I adjust my clinical work based on the individual needs of the client. There is no one size fits all style of therapy. I utilize a mix of relationship based therapy strategies and theoretical frameworks including attachment theory, mindfulness based stress reduction, meditation, play therapy (for young children), EMDR for trauma, cognitive behavioral, somatic experience, and developmental repair.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Children ages 2-7 in play therapy and adults with traumatic events

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Problems
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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