Andrea Anderson Polk, LPC, NCC, MA
Andrea Anderson Polk has been serving the mental health needs of Northern Virginia for nearly 15 years providing hope in difficult times, painful relationships, and challenging circumstances to co-create healing in a safe and compassionate environment.
Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Clinical Supervisor. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling.
Andrea previously resided as both the president and vice president of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC). She is a Certified, Registered Supervisor for the Virginia Board of Counseling to provide supervision for Resident in Counseling candidates pursuing licensure.
In addition to her clinical training, Andrea is a Certified Professional Coach. She also holds a ministerial diploma and has a deep understanding of theology.
Andrea is a frequent speaker at national and local workshops, conferences, and retreats. In her therapeutic work, she takes a holistic approach addressing psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of each client.
She is has recently published her first book, The Cuckoo Syndrome: The Secret To Breaking Free From Unhealthy Relationships, Toxic Thinking, and Self-Sabotaging Behavior. Her therapeutic work as a licensed clinician has inspired her book as she has spoken to hundreds, possibly thousands, of people about the subjects covered inside, all of which has motivated her on this journey.
“There is now a name for the invisible wound that is the root of chronic problems like narcissism, codependency, addictive behaviors, persistent shame, and toxic relationships. This is The Cuckoo Syndrome. Thousands of people suffer from a hidden heartache adversely affecting self-worth and relationships with others. It’s not just a syndrome; it’s an epidemic. Cuckoo birds are predatory creatures that are cruel, clever, deceptive, and manipulative. The cuckoo bird is a parasite that takes advantage of others without giving any useful return and, in fact, exhausts the host that they use. Are you a hosting a cuckoo in your life? Possibly the cuckoo is self-inflicted, an unhealthy internal battle with your own ego. This book is a beautiful heart journey that will equip you to discover new purpose, overcome your greatest fears, move from a place of turmoil and confusion to a place of freedom and happiness!”
Andrea is married to her husband and best friend, Dan, who shares her passion for Jesus and seeking the treasure in each and every person they meet.
**A fun fact about Andrea is that her Myers-Briggs type is INFJ, which makes up less than one percent of the population – making her personality type extremely rare!
Andrea has well over a decade of clinical experience in private practice to help her clients in their personal journey of healing.
American Counseling Association
National Board for Certified Counselors
Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors