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           Dr. Andrene Spencer, Psy.D.

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What would you consider your main specialty?

I would say that I specialize in working with emerging adults, who tend to present with issues related to love, sexuality, marriage, education, vocation/career, and religious beliefs and values. I also like working with individuals across the developmental lifespan who struggle with faith related issues and their relationship with God and/or the church.

 

Why did you chose that specialty?

I chose this specialty because of my experiences in college/university settings. The clients I worked with struggled with the issues mentioned above, as well as other presenting problems, and they benefitted from a having a safe, nonjudgmental space to process their concerns and questions. With regard to clients presenting with faith related problems, I realized that they found it hard to talk with others from their local congregations or families because of potential bias and judgment. I love being able to provide clients with a safe space to wrestle with their beliefs and address topics such as guilt, self-compassion, and grace, and clients have found this to be helpful and beneficial to them along their faith journey.

 

 

What are some signs/symptoms that would indicate a person should see a counselor?

I believe that people do not need to be overwhelmed with concerns and problems before they see a counselor. If they recognize that something is different or “off” about their general day-to-day life and routine, they may benefit from reaching out to someone. This can include relational problems, transitions or phase of life problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. Therapy does not have to be long term. Sometimes people simply need a space that provides empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard to share their life stories. 

I am not a Christian, so why should I see a Christian counselor?

A misconception about Christian counselors is that they may try to impose their Christian beliefs onto the client, but this is not true. In fact, it is unethical as a therapist to do so. Christian counselors are similar to non-Christian counselors in that they are both trained to attune to their clients’ presenting concerns and use treatment approaches that will contribute to the clients’ overall well-being. Therefore, it is not a pre-requisite or requirement for clients to identify as Christian to see a Christian counselor. 

 

 

 

What do you like to do in your off time?

During my off time I like to watch television shows and movies, spend time with friends, read books (mostly fiction), listen to music, and travel.

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