Andrea Swartz

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Hi! My name is Andrea Swartz and I am the Administrative Assistant at Estes Therapy. I graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. While in my undergraduate education, I acquired administrative assistant experience solely in mental healthcare. I found the interactions I had with clients on a daily basis to be the driving factor in why I continue this line of work. To be able to be the first smiling face a person sees when seeking therapy or to be the welcoming voice over the phone easing their worries about scheduling is such an incredible experience. If you are nervous about calling us to schedule an appointment or to ask a question about our services, I promise we will try our best to provide you clear answers while making you feel included and cared for as our future client. We only want to help you in your journey to seek therapy!

My current background as an administrative assistant, marketing assistant, and community outreach coordinator was specifically working with collegiate mental health care. But my future career path includes applying to Psy. D programs and then postgraduate school, following the steps in order to become a licensed psychologist. I hope to specialize in LGBTQIA2S+ Therapy as well as in BIPOC populations with an emphasis on culturally sensitive mental healthcare practices. My passion for mental health destigmatization is coupled by my drive to advocate for the LGBTQIA2S+ community and spread body inclusivity awareness.
Because I am originally from the Coachella Valley, I am very excited to be continuing my exploration of San Diego and enjoying much better weather than where I come
from. Please feel free to give me your favorite recommendations for restaurants, beach spots, and local shops to check out! But in my free time, I want to start learning how to bake, cooking more for friends and family, and trying my hardest to make self-care a priority.

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Getting to know Andrea

When did you get into the mental health field?

I began my work as an Administrative Assistant in the beginning of my undergraduate education where I worked for a practice specializing in collegiate mental healthcare. There I took on many roles and enjoyed the dynamic nature of watching and assisting in the growth of a blooming company. I found the interactions I had with clients on a daily basis to be the driving factor in why I continue this work. To be able to be the first smiling face a person sees when seeking therapy or to be the welcoming voice over the phone easing their worries about scheduling is all reward enough.

What would you say to someone who is nervous about setting up their first counseling session?

The act of seeking help is an action of strength, not weakness. Anyone wanting to seek therapy, for any reason, is acting out of strength in trying to pursue personal growth. EVERYONE can seek therapy services!

If you are nervous about calling us to schedule an appointment or to ask a question about our services, I promise we will try our best to provide you clear answers while making you feel included and cared for as our future client. We only want to help you in your journey to seek therapy! You should expect to have the phone answered by someone who wants to help connect you to the best provider that fits your personality and therapy goals. I will try my hardest to make you feel welcomed and to ease the nerves of starting therapy.

How do you pass your time when you are not working?

I just recently graduated from UC San Diego, so free time has not necessarily been abundant the past three years. But in my future free time, I want to start learning how to bake, explore San Diego, and try my hardest to put self-care first.

If you were not an administrative assistant, what would you be doing?

If I were not an Administrative Assistant, I would be a psychologist. My career plan is to apply to a Psy. D program in the Fall of 2022 and post graduation, follow the steps in order to become a licensed psychologist. I hope to specialize in LGBTQIA2S+ Therapy as well as in BIPOC populations with an emphasis on culturally sensitive mental healthcare practices.