Vickie Andrews Vickie Andrews
Adult and couples therapist
Languages: English and Spanish

Therapist specialized in Clinical Psychology.
  • Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University (USA)
  • Master in Clinical and Health Psychology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Vickie Andrews has international training and experience in clinical psychology using a cognitive-behavioral focus in individual, group and couple’s therapy. Her clinical experience covers a wide variety of pathologies, from eating disorders to anxiety and mood disorders. Her main areas of interest include the difficulties of cultural adaptation, couple´s therapy and difficulty in relationships, the psychological problems facing women, and working with young adults at the university age.

After working in a Crisis Center in Fort Collins (CO. USA), she moved to Latin America where she became part of a multidisciplinary team as a therapist at a family medical clinic, and in a NGO with underprivileged women and children.

After marrying a Spaniard, she settled in Madrid, where she successfully completed a Master in Clinical and Health Psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is raising three bilingual children and understands the struggles that expatriate women face. At present, she combines her private practice at Sinews with her job as a therapist to the student body at Saint Louis University.
  • (2001-2003) Master in Clinical and Health Psychology. Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
  • (1990-1995) Bachelor of Science, Degree in Psychology. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA.

Work experience
  • (January 2003- Present) ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY (Madrid, Spain)
    Evaluation and treatment of psychological problems experienced by students attending the university. Problems include depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, eating disorders, family or relationship issues, homesickness and acculturation difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault and history of sexual abuse, Insomnia, academic struggles, crisis intervention, etc.
    Carried out “Back Translation” of Questionnaires for University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center and its Director, Dr. Martin Seligman.
  • (2001-2003) UNIDAD DE INVESTIGACIÓN Y DOCENCIA (U.I.D.) (Investigation and Teaching Unit) Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
    Therapy sessions with individuals, couples and families for psychological evaluation and treatment for investigative purposes (anxiety, sexual dysfunctions, couple problems, academic problems, etc.)
  • (2001-2002) CASA DE LA MUJER (Community Center for Women) (Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain)
    Group therapy “Programa de Intervención con Mujeres Maltratadas” (program of intervention with battered women) and “Cómo Superar el Pánico” (“How to Overcome Panic Attacks”).
  • (1998-2000) CENTRO DE SALUD FAMILIAR SAN JOAQUIN (Family Health Clinic) (Santiago, Chile)
    Individual therapy (depression, anxiety, personality disorders, drug dependency, family violence, eating disorders, sexual dysfunctional and psychotic disorders)was carried out as well as group therapy (a grief support group and different anxiety disorders groups). Workshops about “Managing Patients with Mental Health Problems” and about “Interpersonal Conflict Resolution” were given to health care professionals on staff.
  • (1998-1999) EL TRAMPOLÍN, (Non-profit organization-Center for community development) (Santiago, Chile)
    The activities carried out in this organization (offered to the general public of a low income population) were psychological attention, and support to the center’s professionals. Psychological attention to the public included individual therapy (family violence, anxiety, depression), couple therapy, family therapy (conflict resolution, management of children’s emotions and behavior modification), group therapy (Self-development groups for women ) and workshops to parents on child behavior modification. Support to staff included workshops about “self-care and counter-transference” (information and techniques given on how to protect from themselves from the impact of the work they were doing with people with severe problems), and training to instructors on how to lead a self-esteem workshops for children.
  • (1997-1998) HOSPITAL MILITAR DEL AIRE (Air force Military Hospital-Madrid, Spain)
    Therapist in the Psychiatric Unit working with psychiatrist Dr. Rufino Los Santos. Among main responsibilities were Clinical History development and group therapy sessions with patients with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.

English: Native language
Spanish: Bilingual.

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