About Dr. Andrea Medaris, Psy.D
Dr. Andrea Medaris is the founder and director of Dragonfly.
My core belief as a therapist is that relationships are the primary agent of human change and growth. The therapeutic relationship is central to the success of any type of therapy. I work primarily with couples and relationship groups because I have seen the strength of these bonds promote incredible change, both in terms of relational happiness and in terms of personal psychological healing and development.
My treatment approach is primarily humanistic. I work with couples slowly increase their ability to empathize with each other, send clear emotional signals, and understand the protective strategies that underlie the cycles of conflict that create distress in relationships. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the gold standard of relationship therapy. I specialize in cases where one or more members of a relationship have survived trauma. My training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and relational therapy for complex trauma also inform my clinical practice.
Education and Career Background
- Member of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium and the APA Division 56 Anti-Racism Task Force
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Psychology Specialists of Maine
Predoctoral Internship at Rhode Island School of Design Counseling and Psychological Services
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College
B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College