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Drew Underwood, M.Ed.

Drew Underwood, M.Ed.

Drew Underwood, M.Ed., is a pre-licensed therapist providing trauma and grief counseling as well as support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, and other difficulties navigating school and career challenges.

He believes in the potential for radical growth and incorporates aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based counseling approaches to provide culturally sensitive care that centers clientsdiverse experiences. 

Education 

Drew earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University where he studied Psychology and Education and his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. As a pre-licensed professional, Drew works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work.  

Experience 

Drew brings experience working with children, teens, and adults in both outpatient and school settings. He completed his practicum experience at Community Partnership School in North Philadelphia providing counseling services for Pre-K-5th grade students and implementing a social-emotional learning curriculum. For his internship, Drew provided counseling services for Temple University School of Pharmacy students as they navigated their program amidst the pandemic. Prior to Temple, he worked in student advancement and admissions for Duke University and Queens University of Charlotte respectively. Most recently, he was a dorm parent for Hill Top Preparatory School and an adjunct instructor for Temple Universitys College of Education and Human Development. 

Services

Trauma and Grief Counseling 

Drew understands that unresolved trauma and grief lay beneath many of the struggles and symptoms people face on a daily basis. When people have the opportunity to share their stories in a safe, supportive environment, healing and change are possible. Drew draws upon teachings from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and will also be getting trained in EMDR Therapy. Drew brings a rich understanding of the complexities of human diversity and is respectful of the ways our experiences of grief and trauma are shaped and influenced by our unique identity. As a pre-licensed professional, Drew works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work. 

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy 

Drew integrates teachings from mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients observe the impact of their thoughts, develop a deeper understanding of the ways thinking impacts their mood and behavior, and learn ways they can create a new path forward. 

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy 

Drew believes that DBT modules are effective in helping us combat, cope, and overcome concerns that inevitably arise, be they personal or professional. Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance skills have been proven to help those living with Borderline Personality Disorder and all those experiencing anxiety, depression, and overwhelming emotions. This approach teaches skills to create a life you want, to navigate stressors with greater calm, clarity, and perspective, and to create healthy relationships with self and others.  

School and Career Challenges 

Drew provides support to children, teens, and young adults facing academic, social, and behavioral difficulties. Left unaddressed, stress in one area can easily spill over into another, interfering with our ability to connect easily, concentrate, perform well, or manage tasks. From his work with pharmacy students and high achieving high school students, he knows the importance of understanding any current struggles in the context of ones whole life. Drew offers a safe space to share concerns and invites clients to discover new tools for managing stress so they can get back on their path to success.   

Client Focus 

As a social justice oriented counselor, Drew works to create a safe space for all clients to share their experiences. In order to build a strong therapeutic relationship, he prioritizes culturally specific therapy that caters to your current strengths. 

  • Children 
  • Adolescents 
  • Emerging Adults 
  • Black Identified Individuals
  • LGBTQIA Individuals 

Research Interests 

Drews research interests include exploring racial disparities in mental health diagnosis and treatment. Most recently he co-authored a manuscript pending publication titled, An Analysis: Transformative and Restorative Justice that provides a comprehensive literature review of the topic. 

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Andrea McGady, M.Ed.

Andrea McGady

Andrea McGady, M.Ed., is a pre-licensed therapist providing mindfulness-based counseling services.

She works with teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and other difficulties navigating school, career, and life challenges. She earned her Masters Degree of Education in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. 

As a pre-licensed professional, Andrea works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work.

Experience  

Andrea brings experience working with children and adolescents in high school and grade school settings. Her experience includes Reach Charter School and Philadelphia High School for Girls (Girl’s High) providing counseling services for students working through grief and transitions. Andrea facilitated group sessions with topics of stress management, communication skills and other topics. In her work with teens and adults, she integrates teachings from mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients observe the impact of their thoughts, develop a deeper understanding of the ways thinking impacts their mood and behavior, and learn ways they can change their thinking to welcome greater self-compassion and happiness.  

Additionally, Andrea has been leading weekly meditation classes at The Resiliency Center since 2020, developing mindfulness exercises and guided visualizations that supported participants through the pandemic. Her ongoing group meditation class provides meaningful opportunities for reflection and connection with self and others.  

Services

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)   

Andrea integrates the principles of DBT into her work to support clients in learning effective stress management, distress tolerance, and communication skills. When we are able to mindfully observe our thoughts and feelings, rather than become swept up in them, react, or escape into avoidance, we can experience a sense of empowerment. This approach teaches skills to navigate stressors with greater calm, clarity, and perspective, and to create healthy relationships with self and others.  

Counseling for Mind-Body-Spirit 

Andrea brings a rich understanding of the interplay between mind, body, and spirit – and how mindfulness practices can be used successfully to address anxiety and depression. Mindfulness practices have also been found effective in supporting those with chronic illnesses and pain. While mindfulness won’t change a chronic condition, it can help improve the quality of one’s relationship to the pain and create greater ease and acceptance. Andrea has been practicing meditation for the past seven years and began leading a weekly meditation class at The Resiliency Center in 2020. Sessions can integrate formal mindfulness practices when desired.  

Client Focus 

As a mindfulness-based counselor, Andrea focuses on working with adolescents and and adults. She loves supporting those who feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, lost, or disconnected to tap into their inner resources and find sure footing again. In the context of a strong therapeutic partnership, the path forward becomes clear. She believes that every person has within them the capacity for meaningful change and aspires to create a safe, supportive environment in which this growth can occur. She is particularly passionate about her work with young adults and adults in life transitions, focusing on those experiencing:  

  • Anxiety and overwhelm 
  • Depression 
  • School and Career Uncertainty  
  • High Sensitivity 
  • Chronic Illness 
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