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Andrew Bland

PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Andrew is a licensed psychologist.  He received a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia’s humanistic-existential-transpersonal psychology program in 2003 and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana State University in 2013.  Since 2004, he has provided therapeutic services in community mental health, residential, partial hospitalization, corrections, school-based, and college student counseling programs in four states.  Andrew has experience working with adults and children/adolescents with anxiety, mood, relational, and personality concerns; with substance use issues; with questions about gender/sexuality; with intellectual, developmental, and medical disabilities; and with histories of trauma, psychosis, aggression, sexual offending, prostitution, and/or criminal behavior; as well as with couples and families.  Andrew’s therapeutic approach encourages clients to live creatively and expressively in relation to their experience and responsibly in accordance with their values.  He employs mindfulness- and acceptance-based, narrative, and systemic interventions with emphasis given to meaning-making and optimal functioning grounded in developmental, interpersonal, cultural/ecological, and psycho-spiritual contexts.  In addition to his counseling work at Samaritan, Andrew also serves as a member of the graduate clinical psychology faculty at Millersville University, where he teaches courses in counseling and assessment skills, human development, and systemic/holistic approaches in psychology.

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