Life doesn’t have to feel so overwhelming and difficult. Flourish Counseling and Wellness knows that no one is immune to life’s challenges and events that cause anxiety, trauma, sadness and grief. However, by focusing on the mind and body connection together, we can uncover and heal the unconscious blocks that keep us stuck and make us anxious. By engaging both therapy and a mindful practices such as yoga, meditation, or Reiki for example, these combined tools work to release the pain of trauma, come to terms with unhealthy events and responses, and provide the necessary tools to be and feel in control. An important aspect of these tools is to help revise the obsessive negative thinking that leads to anxiety, sadness, and anger and that can ultimately paralyze us into inaction.
Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center was founded by Andrea Lopes, MSW, a lifelong resident of Maryland, where she earned her Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland. Andrea is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Reiki, meditation, mindfulness practices, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She has spent her entire adult life serving the health and happiness of the community where she was born and raised, educated, and is now raising her own family. Because of Andrea’s longevity in the Washington Capital area she understands the underlying pressures of being so close to the heart of the nation, including the extraordinary stresses unique to this area.
Andrea believes therapy should not have to be a lifelong prescription. It should, however, provide a variety of strategies and tools so that clients can successfully navigate through all of their daily life responsibilities and stresses. Andrea has spent the last ten years studying many different therapeutic modalities, as no one technique fits all. Recognizing that providing a space that houses many different healing techniques has benefits for both clients and service providers, Andrea’s vision for Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center was born. While all of the therapeutic providers are centrally located and a suggested holistic technique may be prescribed, Andrea assures her clients that they are free to select their own practitioners.
Andrea is excited about the results she has seen in prescribing holistic treatments combined with cognitive therapy. Her individualized treatment plans are tailored for all, from the very young to the elderly. She is passionate and committed to expanding her safe, supportive counseling center to include holistic mindful wellness therapies that will help you develop a strong sense of self and provide you with the tools to keep life peaceful and happy.
“I was a lost soul just searching for a way to help my son…I had read article after article, searched through book after book, consulted with doctor after doctor, tried medication after medication. Nothing worked and I felt helpless…Dietary intervention was the next step I was ready to take. As I aimlessly walked the aisle at the local health food store, lost in the chaos of overwhelming food labels, there she stood!!! She had me at “GLUTEN.” A year later our lives are something I never thought they would be…Frandi has given us the tools and support to be able to make the changes to our diet that have helped my son heal from the debilitating effects of ADHD and Torrettes Syndrome. I have watched my son blossom and it has been an amazing journey. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY SON’S LIFE, I AM FINALLY GETTING TO KNOW WHO HE IS AND HE IS GETTING TO KNOW HIMSELF. Life is now what I feared it would never be and I am just so grateful to Frandi for all of her help.”
“My initial Reiki session with Marcia was delightful, and the positive effects of the energy were immediate. During an initial consultation, Marcia briefly explained the practice of Reiki and encouraged me to be open to the possibility that Reiki would help to alleviate my joint stiffness and fatigue. Marcia put my anxieties at ease; she kindly and calmly answered my questions. I felt a tremendous sense of safety and comfort as she conducted her work, almost as though my body was wrapped in a warm blanket. I felt renewed in mind, body, and spirit once the session was complete—both relaxed and energized at the same time. Over time, I have found that Reiki has integrated well with my regular medical treatments. I now have a sense of overall well-being that I didn’t have prior to Reiki, and I’ve noticed that my normal aches and pains have been greatly reduced. Marcia is truly a gifted, personable, and compassionate healer. I am grateful for Reiki’s gift of healing, and for Marcia’s willingness to share that gift. She has become an integral and trusted partner on my path toward good health and overall well-being. I highly recommend her work.”
“I could honestly never thank you enough for all you have done for me. Because of you and all of the strategies and support you have given me over the last few years, I am a much happier, healthier, and controlled person. I have gained so much more control of my OCD, anxiety and depression and now have much higher self-esteem and confidence than I ever would have. I have grown so much over the past few years. I am grateful for your presence in my life and for helping me find myself again. “