Steven Andrews, Ph.D.

Steven Andrews, Ph.D.

Special Interests

Disordered eating and body image concerns, perfectionism, mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies, feminist therapy and social justice counseling, group therapy, peer-to-peer support and outreach.

Bio

•B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
•M.A., Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (Counseling Psychology)
•Ph.D., Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (Counseling Psychology)
•Internship: University of Wisconsin, Counseling and Consultation Services, Madison, WI
•Postdoctoral Residency: Cornell University Counseling and Psychological Services, Ithaca, NY

Background

In recent years, my training and work have been in college mental health. During my internship at UW-Madison, I became well-acquainted with interdisciplinary clinical work and the power of group therapy. As a resident at Cornell University CAPS, I turned my attention to developing knowledge and skills in the assessment and collaborative treatment of disordered eating issues. Prior to joining NU CAPS, I worked at the University of Illinois Counseling Center, with a focus on disordered eating assessment and outreach. College campuses are dynamic places, and such a setting affords me the opportunities to apply passions for counseling, outreach, teaching, and training. All in one place!

As a therapist, I believe that building trusting relationships with clients is job one. I approach counseling with particular attention to power, context, and culture, and I look to identify the skills and strengths people have developed in navigating challenging and oppressive circumstances. My theoretical orientation is primarily guided by a feminist therapy approach, which informs my use of ideas and strategies from third-wave CBT, Narrative Therapy, and interpersonal process. I also believe that humor plays an important role in healing.

As a supervisor, my relationships with supervisees are also of the utmost importance. I utilize a feminist supervision approach (i.e., “covision”) to collaboratively set and assist supervisees in accomplishing their professional goals. I challenge myself and supervisees to understand ways in which social identities and cultural factors influence the supervision and counseling processes. I think it is a privilege to witness others’ clinical work, and for that reason, I thoroughly enjoy reviewing session tape. And yes, I believe that humor has an important role in supervision as well.

Finally, as Coordinator of Peer Initiatives at CAPS, I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Taywaditep on exciting training opportunities in the supervision of peer-driven mental health initiatives on campus.