Contributions to Counseling Research

Manuscripts & Presentations

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Andre, L. & Kempton, G. (2021, March 25). Rights and Responsibility for The Wounded Counselor in Clinical Work, Leadership and Advocacy [Poster Presentation], CSI Days 2021, Virtual Conference.

Plasencia, C., Watson, T. & Andre, L. (2021, June 8). Unicorns at the Counseling Center: Retention, Resourcefulness, and Realness [Panel Presentation], 39th Annual CCNY Conference, Virtual Conference. (included CEs)

O’Hara, C. & Andre, L. (2021, June 10-12). Cross-Racial Co-Instruction of a Social and Cultural Diversity Course: Lessons Learned from a Professor and Doctoral Student Dyad [Conference Presentation], 2021 AMCD Conference, Virtual Conference. 

Andre, L. (2021, July 14-16). Cross-Cultural Supervision – Minoritized Doctoral Supervisors’ Experience of Critical Incidents with CITs [Poster Presentation], IICCS 2021, Washington, DC. (

Andre, L. (2021, August 4-10). Are We Considering Black Counselors in Private Practice? [Poster Presentation], NYMCHA 2021, Virtual Convention. (Proposal Submitted)

Statement of Counseling Theoretical Orientation

Counseling Background
I have 8 years’ experience in clinical counseling – 2 years as a Graduate Student Counselor for practicum, internship, and as a counseling apprentice; 2 years as a master’s level Mental Health Counselor with a Limited Permit for practice under the supervision of Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors); and 4 years as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York. My experience includes working in various settings, such as college counseling and student resource centers, alternatives to traditional education, non-profit substance use treatment, OMH and/or OASAS regulated mental health clinics and hospitals, within the New York child protective services agency, and in private clinical counseling settings. My proudest work is all that I do in servitude to others through my Private Practice - Sunshine Advocacy, where I provide individual, family and group therapy, as well as clinical consulting and supervision centered around the needs and experiences of people of color. That is not to say that I limit my practice to clients and supervisees who identify as people of color, I also work with allies and individuals who identify outside of BIPOC. I am experienced working with people of all ages of diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and identities. I have assisted children, adolescents, and adults to cope with depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, past and present experiences of trauma (PTSD), family dysfunction, relationship concerns, social skill development, substance use/misuse/abuse, behavioral disorders, serious or pervasive mental disorders, and experiences of oppression (social injustice, microaggressions and systems that diminish mental health and wellness).

Integrative Counseling Approach
My counseling approach is based on the belief that therapy is most effective as a collaborative effort in which both the client and therapist enter with an expertise – the client as the expert in their own lives and their own needs and the therapist as an expert, ethical and responsible practitioner, providing care within their level of competence (ACA, 2014; Corey, 2017; Ratts et al., 2015). I often describe my therapeutic style as eclectic and integrative, as I have been generally trained and more thoroughly trained in a number of therapeutic theories and interventions. Taking an integrative approach to counseling is an art, incorporates a firm belief that the applicability of theory and intervention is based on the unique client needs, and is rooted in a relation-cultural perspective to combat the oppressive nature of White normality in the counseling work (Corey, 2018; Haskins & Appling, 2017; Ratts et al., 2015; Wachtel, 2018). 

In addition to my clinical training, I have participated in a number of theory specific trainings, some of which yielded certificates. The certificates I hold include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including specific applications life “Thinking for a Change”), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy Grief Counseling, Family Systems Practice (Safe & Together Domestic Violence Counseling), and Solutions-Focused Therapy. I pride myself on being a well-informed clinician in order to offer a culturally responsive integrative approach to therapy, in which the unique needs of each client pose the challenge for me to develop plans for treatment based on who and how they are, and want to be (Haskins & Appling, 2017).

Theories Informing My Integrative Orientation

In my counseling work, I acknowledge and accept the life long psychological impact of an individual’s childhood or early experiences. This informs my work with all clients, and more specifically with clients of color as a lens by which we investigate, and orient understandings of current social-emotional functioning as linked to patterns of personal and/or family-based trauma and adversity (VanAusdale & Swank, 2020).

Cognitive Behavioral
Additionally, I emphasize that humanness necessitates emotional intelligence and awareness. This informs my assertions regarding control and acceptance in counseling. That being said, I often work with clients to explore the relationship of their thoughts, emotions, actions, and experiences to assert control for change, and to accept limited or lack of control for healthy perspective of things they cannot change (Corey, 2018). This is particularly pivotal for working with clients impacted by discrimination and oppression (Haskins & Appling, 2017; Jordan, 2017). 

As a clinician, who prioritizes work with diverse and marginalized populations, it is imperative that I utilize a theoretical approach that “provides an appropriate framework for counselors to address systemic issues of power, privilege, marginalization, and the ways these issues influence the choices their clients make (Frey, 2013)” (Haskings & Appling, 2017). Relational-cultural theory empathizes the important of relationship throughout an individual’s lifespan of development, as well as the value of the relationship in the healing from adverse experiences (Jordan, 2017). 

In line with the perspective that there are limitations to the application of traditional therapy techniques and interventions to marginalized populations, the feminist theories provide a framework for engaging diverse clients. Specifically, the postmodern, and the “women of color,” Black feminist or womanist theories inform my work with diverse clients navigating White normativity and the limitations of White feminism (Corey, 2018, page 344). 

American Counseling Association. (2014). ACA code of ethics. 
Corey, G. (2017). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy. Belmont, Ca: Brooks Cole.
Corey, G. (2018). The Art of Integrative Counseling. Alexandria, Va: American Counseling Association.
Haskins, N. H., & Appling, B. (2017). Relational-Cultural Theory and Reality Therapy" A Culturally Responsive Integrative Framework. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87-100.
Jordan, J. V. (2017). Relational-Cultural Theory: The Power of Connection to Transform Our Lives. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 228-244.
Ratts, M. M., Singh, A. A., Nassar-McMillan, S., Butler, S. K., & McCullough, J. R. (2015). Multicultural and social justice counseling competencies. 
VanAusdale, S., & Swank, J. M. (2020). Integration of Trauma Based Education in Counselor Education. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision,
Wactel, P. L. (2018). Pathways to Progress for Integrative Psychotherapy: Perspectives on Practice and Research. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 202-212.

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