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 lasting 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 has been featured on The 700 Club, 700 Club Interactive, The Christian Post, 100 Huntley Street, USA Today, Money Magazine, The Science of Personality Magazine, Authority Magazine, Perspective TV, Church Growth Magazine, and Publishers Weekly.

Andrea 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. The book represents an innovative, yet provocative approach to understanding the human heart and relationships by weaving together her story with science, scripture, and psychology.

She was inspired by her courageous clients to bring her breakthrough strategy about the cuckoo metaphor into print because of the life-saving changes it made in their lives.

“You will be welcomed into an honest conversation with yourself, God, and others about your wants, needs, and desires. You’ll discover that what or who is keeping you stuck, is not what you think it is. The Cuckoo Syndrome is driven by the truth of John 8:32 that the truth will set you free.”

– Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, and New York Times best-selling author

Andrea’s Myers-Briggs type is INFJ (which makes up less than 1% of the population)! She begins each morning with a cup of matcha, can’t resist vintage rock tees, and enjoys the company of her closest friends. She 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.

Andrea has well over fifteen years of clinical experience in private practice to help her clients in their personal journey of breakthrough and healing.

“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!”

Professional Associations

American Counseling Association

National Board for Certified Counselors

Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors

American Association of Christian Counselors

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