Dr. Andrea Alvarado

Postdoctoral Psychology Resident

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I am a Psychologist Candidate practicing under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Sharp and Dr. Colleen Mondo. I recently graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a PhD in School Psychology and a Minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods. I have provided clinical and assessment services in a community-based mental health clinic, private practice setting, university psychology clinic, residential treatment, and in various public-school settings. I completed my school-based internship in the Boulder Valley School District and my clinical-based internship in California at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families.  

I enjoy using the full scope of my degree by offering comprehensive psychological assessments for all ages and counseling for youth and young adults. Additionally, my training in school psychology has been paramount in helping to guide families in bridging the gap between mental health services and the school system.

I believe assessments can be helpful in understanding a client’s current functioning and presenting problems. I have experience assessing mood and behavioral concerns, personality and thought disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. All psychological assessments are conducted in a compassionate and culturally responsive manner.  

As a therapist, my process for treating youth and families consists of strength-based and evidence-based approaches. I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, behavior problems, school-related problems, trauma, and attachment issues. I also have extensive experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and underserved populations, including gender and sexual minorities (LGBT+), foster youth, immigrants, and refugees. 

As a therapist, I enjoy walking alongside each client to navigate the stress of life, and to find a place of belonging and acceptance. I believe every person knows themselves the best and has an inner strength and resilience that can be built up and encouraged. Even though therapy can be a vulnerable and scary experience, I believe that through this process we can find the courage to change and heal. In therapy, I bring a calm and non-judgmental presence and welcome different forms of expression including talk, art, and play. I enjoy collaborating with providers, family members, and other supportive persons to help provide a continuum of care. Through this system, people and families can become empowered and thrive. 

On a personal note, I grew up in Texas and moved out to Colorado after graduating from high school. I have an affinity for any and all things outdoors and I like to find new ways to challenge myself. Most of my free time is spent with my partner and our three pups. 

Education

  • B.A. – Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • PhD – School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Licensure

  • Colorado Psychologist Candidate PSYC.0014163

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • Colorado Psychological Association (CPA)

Training

  • APA-approved Doctoral Internship at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
  • School-based Internship in Boulder Valley School District
  • Trauma-Focused CBT and consultation from the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder)
  • Level 1 CASE approach of suicide assessment 

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