Andrea Cook is a Registered Psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. Andrea received her Masters of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in 2003. Her undergraduate credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours Equivalency) from Saint Mary’s University in 2001, Criminology Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1999, and Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University in 1997.
Andrea has worked in a variety of settings including Dalhousie University Counselling Services, Department of National Defence, Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Day Treatment Program (Internship), Newfoundland and Labrador youth correctional services, and private practice. Andrea was a part-time faculty member at Saint Mary’s University teaching Adolescent Development and Personality; Normal Abnormal from 2004-2010, and the chair of the APNS’ Post-Trauma Services Committee from 2005 to 2008. She has been a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (www.apns.ca), Canadian Psychological Association (www.cpa.ca), and Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (www.nsbep.org) since 2003. Andrea is also a member of the Canadian Register of Health Services Psychologists (http://www.crhspp.ca/), The International Association of Trauma Professionals (http://traumapro.net/), and a general member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (http://iayt.site-ym.com/).
Andrea’s areas of interest/specialties include:
She enjoys combining evidence based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy with more Eastern philosophies, reflecting her direct and practical, yet open treatment style. She believes in a collaborative and supportive approach to therapy.
Andrea’s Top Ten Reading List:
1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014) by Bessel van der Kolk MD
2. Going Crazy in the Green Machine (2014) by John J. Whelan
3. The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation… (2011) by Stephen W. Porges
4. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert (2015) by John Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver
5. Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics (2002) by Robert Ackerman
6. Silent Sons: A Book for and About Men (1994) by Robert Ackerman
7. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal… (2007) by Matthew McKay and Jeffrey C. Wood
8. Life After Trauma, Second Edition: A Workbook for Healing (2010) by Dena Rosenbloom and Mary Beth Williams
9. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (2008) by Martha Davis and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman
10. The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (2009) by Irvin Yalom