Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MSW from University of Michigan and her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. She is currently the Lead Counselor at Cal State Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA where she counsels college-age students as well as leads Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the integrated Student Health Center on campus.
During her 20+ year career, Andrea has counseled thousands of individuals and families covering a broad range of issues and challenges, developing specialties in maternal wellness, narcissistic abuse recovery, special needs parenting, college mental health, and trauma and grief/loss recovery. She has worked in a wide range of settings including schools and universities, medical clinics, hospice, and community-based programs.
Andrea has presented to professionals and groups all over Southern California and beyond, writing dozens of articles for Goodtherapy.org, The Minds Journal, and her own blog (From Andrea’s Couch) on a range of topics related to mental health and wellness. Andrea wrote her first ebook (2015) entitled Soul Vampires: Reclaiming Your LifeBlood After Narcissistic Abuse (available on Amazon, BookBaby, and other online platforms). A second edition is in the works, including a companion workbook for survivors. Andrea also started her podcast, The Savvy Shrink, in which she interviews top experts in the field of trauma and loss, narcissistic abuse recovery, maternal wellness, and other topics. She is interested in sharing evidence-based and trauma-informed interventions with professionals and clients and is excited to add EMDR therapy and expressive arts to her offerings for clients impacted by trauma. In addition, she has trained, supervised and mentored therapists working for various public and private mental health agencies and Los Angeles-area school districts. Andrea is also a volunteer Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in her state of CA, and she provides volunteer phone support and resources for women and families experiencing perinatal/ postpartum mood challenges.
Andrea is available for phone counseling anywhere in California and for in-person psychotherapy.