Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Andrews.
Hi Brittany, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I would say my passion for helping others began in childhood. Watching my mother care about and help so many individuals (in her life and mine) truly inspired me. And my passion continued to grow, just as I did throughout the years. I took psychology in high school, which set me on the path to continue my studies at ASU. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I took a year off to work for Child Protective Services. I then applied to graduate school and attended Grand Canyon University.
While obtaining my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, I continued working in the field. My first position after graduate school was as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. From there, I worked for a ‘first episode psychosis’ (FEP) center as a Lead Clinician for several years, which provided me with many wonderful opportunities.
After obtaining my independent licensure, I decided I wanted to follow my heart and open my own private practice. By that time, I felt I had gained the confidence, knowledge, tools, and experience to continue to help others and be successful in something that was my own.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I believe I’ve experienced challenges many can relate to with working full-time while also being a full-time student and completing a practicum. At the same time, I dealt with stressors within various positions in the field. When I opened my practice, it was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, which presented its own unique barriers; however, I persevered as I worked to achieve my goals.
We’ve been impressed with Amiragray Counseling and Consultation, LLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I opened my practice in 2020 in hopes of creating something special to help those seeking services and offer support to my peers. I provide individual, couple, and family counseling for both adolescents and adults. I work with general mental health and specialize in trauma, grief/loss, perinatal mood & anxiety disorders (to include fertility, loss, birth trauma, etc.), women’s issues, and issues within the Hispanic/Latinx(e) community. I also offer consultation services to peers and clinical supervision to those seeking independent licensure.
I believe what sets me apart is my experience in the field. Working in case management and in both inpatient/outpatient settings with diverse populations, as well as my own general life experiences. I’m most proud of my ability and determination to build my practice from the ground up in an unfamiliar area (private practice) in the middle of a pandemic. I want to encourage others to know they can achieve their dreams and be able to provide support to those seeking to begin their private practice journey as I continue to grow in mine.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something surprising most people might not know about me is my love of solitude, whether it’s spending time reading, listening to my vinyl records, practicing gratitude/meditating, being in nature or hanging out with my dogs.
- Website: www.amiragray.com
- Instagram: amiragray_counseling
- Other: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/brittany-andrews-phoenix-az/804428