Welcome! My name is Andrea Nus and I am a white, married, cis-gender female using she/her/hers pronouns, and in a fat and larger body. These are some of my identities. I believe it’s important for me to have awareness of the privilege that comes with most of my identities and how my identities will affect our work together.
I am passionate about people being more accepting and understanding of themselves. If we create a loving and kind relationship with ourselves and bodies, it becomes easier to have healthy (however you define “healthy”) relationships with others.
Much of what I bring to the therapeutic relationship comes from my joy in learning through my peers, books, trainings and my own therapy. How our brains and nervous systems work, why relationships form the way they do, and why we respond the way we do in relationship to others fascinates me. Then I love (maybe not always LOVE) to challenge myself with that knowledge so I can change the way I’m thinking, behaving, or communicating. Maya Angelou’s quote: “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better” captures one of my biggest aims in life. I am a life-long learner and learn so much from each of my clients as well.
My path to becoming a therapist was a result of several circumstances, the greatest being my own desire to seek therapy to change some things about myself I didn’t like and was struggling with. I continue to gain insight, more self-acceptance, heal layers of old wounds, and receive the support and encouragement to make changes in my life that benefit me, and ultimately, my relationships. That is what I hope to provide to you.
Born in Cedar Rapids, I have lived here most of my life. With my spouse and our two fur babies, we have created a home in a community I love. Much of my free time is spent creating, reading non-fiction, attending concerts, with family and friends, and going to trainings.