Welcome! Wherever you are at in your journey, I am really glad you are here.
I am Andrea Nus, a white, married, cis-gender female using she/her/hers pronouns, in a fat and large body. These are some of my identities. It is important for me to be aware of my privilege with most of my identities and how this will affect our work together.
I want to create an atmosphere of trust and bravery, where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My intention is to show up each session with my warmth, care, interest, humor, and compassion for you. A life-long learner, I experience great joy and excitement learning from peers, books, trainings, my own healing process, and my clients. Understanding our brains, bodies, and nervous systems, why relationships form, and why we react the way we do, fascinates me. Then I love (not always) to challenge myself in the slow, painful process of using this knowledge to change my harmful thinking, behaviors, or communications.
Becoming a therapist was a result of several circumstances (see Education below for more info on the twists and turns on my path.) The greatest influence was my own desire to seek therapy to work on aspects of myself activated in relationship to others. As a client I continue to gain insight, increase self-acceptance, heal old wounds, and grow more into who I want to be. Therapy results in changes that benefit my life and my relationships. This is what I hope for you.
Born in Cedar Rapids, originally the land of the Sac and Fox, I have lived here most of my life. My spouse and our two cats enjoy watching the neighborhood birds together. Much of my free time is spent at trainings, reading non-fiction, creating, yardwork, tending to the birds, attending concerts, and with loved ones.