Hi, I’m Andrea Dixon, founder of Mindset. Welcome to my practice, I’m so glad you are here! I established Mindset with the belief that it’s never too late to grow. That you deserve a happy, fulfilling and successful life—and that the right help, at the right time can help you create it. Please make yourself at home. Read a bit more about who we are and what we do, and when the time is right, I hope you’ll be in touch.
Although I have the professional training and credentials needed to be an effective therapist, I believe it is equally important for you to know that my career as a counselor has been a lifetime in the making. I am no stranger to heartache and sorrow, which helps me to understand my clients with the deep knowing that comes from having lived it yourself. I’ve spent over two decades investigating my own life’s path through therapy, life coaching, retreats, and practicing mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. Through these personal experiences and journeys, I have identified universal themes and transformative methods that I can share with you in your own quest for clarity, identity, and happiness. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of good psychotherapy to change lives . . . because it has changed mine.
Andrea Dixon MA, LPC, NCC, CDWF
I earned Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance, with a Mental Health emphasis, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. I am a licensed in Missouri as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and am a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NCC). I have over fifteen years of clinical experience working with diverse individuals with a wide range of issues and mental health concerns. My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, honest . . . and smart! I specialize in using effective, evidence-based, action-oriented strategies to help you feel better.
The foundation of my clinical approach is humanistic, person-centered and trauma informed in nature. I work from an integrative perspective and rely on a broad range of techniques. I most often draw interventions from treatment models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness-Based skills. In recent years my continuing education has been focused on treatment of trauma, and in particular, front-line treatments for Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD). I am Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and offer individual and group services inspired by the The Daring Way™ curriculum.
I believe that we all have a deep sense of what we need in order to feel emotionally healthy, but sometimes trauma, grief, or unexpected life events cloud that path. That's where therapy comes in. It's instinctual to avoid things in our lives that are painful, but ignoring them doesn't make them go away and sometimes even magnifies the problem. As a therapist, one of my roles is helping you tune back in to yourself in order to begin healing and making positive change so you can live a life of authenticity. I have a client-centered approach that balances validation with challenging you to grow. I genuinely care about every client I work with, and I honor the beauty and courage in vulnerability.
People often ask what led me to this field, and my response is that it's what I've always wanted to be. As a child, I knew I wanted to be a helper and a healer. After enduring a major loss in childhood, I experienced firsthand how helpful therapy can be in the journey to heal. Following that, I pursued the path to becoming a licensed therapist and I never looked back. I graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Additionally, I received a post-graduate studies certification in play therapy from Mid American Nazarene University. Over the years I have worked as a therapist in a variety of clinical settings with a broad range of clients. I am trained in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), and I also utilize Ego State work and mindfulness-based interventions in my therapeutic work.