Andrew Lewandowski, LICSW

RIPCPC Behavioral Health Clinician

My Specializations and Therapeutic Approaches:

Do you have any areas of specialization, and what are they?
I specialize in issues related to

  • gender and sexuality
  • complex trauma
  • addiction
  • people at high risk for suicide or self-harm behaviors

Populations?
I am most comfortable with ages 18 and over but have experience with ages 13-17 as well. I also have significant experience with LGBTQ populations and people experiencing challenges related to housing and chronic poverty.  I especially enjoy exploring identity and doing narrative and existential work.

What therapeutic methods, approaches, or philosophies do you use/have experience using?
I tend to approach therapy from a perspective grounded in motivational interviewing and strengths-based work. I am trauma informed and use a lot of DBT and CBT approaches, but I also have training in and use narrative therapy, existential therapy, and some psychodynamic techniques as well. My work is also heavily informed by my background in mindfulness, activism and intersectional feminism.  

How does your personality influence your approach to therapy?
My approach to people is generally very warm and affirming.  I enjoy working with folks who might be feeling a little unsure of therapy or may be ambivalent about making change. I like to focus on helping folks find their own answers and truths, and I enjoy exploring ambiguity. I’m not very easily flapped by people who might view or approach the world in a way that’s uncommon or different.

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic alliance/relationship?
I focus a lot on reliability and being responsive to the needs of my clients.  I think it’s important for us to have a mutual respect and for the client to feel that their process is being honored, and I work very hard to cultivate an atmosphere of safety in order to foster a secure attachment.