Andrew Bednarzik, MA, LPC

828-782-3050 | andrew@riverbankcounseling.com

It’s important to know that whatever you’re struggling with (and we’re all struggling with something), you are not alone. Talking to someone can really help – even if you’re not sure who to talk to or how, or you haven’t been to counseling and aren’t sure it’s for you. My job as a counselor is to listen and offer compassion, reassurance, a new perspective, and hopefully some tools to help you feel more empowered. Acceptance is the bedrock of my counseling style. It’s invaluable for you to feel that you can say what’s on your mind without fear of judgment. Getting troubling thoughts and emotions out and sharing the burden with someone can be profoundly helpful. The trick is taking the first step to reach out.

Big life transitions are often the reason that people take the step of starting counseling. Becoming a dad has easily been the biggest transition that I’ve experienced in my life. Finding out my wife and I were having twins was downright shocking! Parenting is amazing, utterly difficult, heart-warming, harder than I could’ve imagined, uplifting, pushes me to new edges….you get the idea. I help parents, especially dads, get the support, encouragement, and skills to feel confident and resourced in their role as parents.  I remind the parents I work with that they are not alone, even when it feels that way. There are an abundance of resources inside of us and in the community to lean on.

Our culture is not generally supportive of men openly expressing emotions or being vulnerable. In fact, I would guess that the word “vulnerable” has a negative connotation to the vast majority of men. Many men experience a lot perceived limitations emotionally, creatively, and in their relationships due in large part to the messages that they are subtly, or not so subtly, receiving. I help my clients find the most natural expression of themselves and the courage to take that self out of the office and into their lives.

My path to becoming a counselor has been a winding one. I started college in an engineering program with aspirations of working in computer programming. I quickly realized that though I had always like math and science, I was in the wrong place. I transferred into the liberal arts school where I studied neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology and have been exploring ever since. After living in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, I found Asheville. I’ve been here for 12 years now and consider Asheville home. I’ve spent the past six years helping adults and young adults with significant, persistent and wide ranging mental health challenges in a residential setting. I work with clients and their families to help educate and guide them into restoring a sense of balance and connection in their lives. Connection with oneself, one's community (family and friends) and one's purpose are vital parts of a healthy life.

I love to help clients improve their emotional regulation and awareness of how they experience emotions and sensations physiologically (in their body). I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level I), a body oriented treatment modality that helps people make the connection between what they are experiencing in their body (physiologically) and what they are experiencing psychologically (emotions, thoughts). The ability to become aware of what you are feeling or experiencing physically combined with the ability to "regulate", or consciously adjust, is a powerful combination. 

 

Accepted Insurance Providers: Healthgram

 


Education | Training | Professional Associations

Master’s of Community Counseling (MS) from Western Carolina University
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Columbia University, New York

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Level 1: Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
Clinical Application of Neurofeedback  - 36 hour training through the Institute for Applied Neuroscience

Licensed Professional Counselor (7998) in North Carolina



 

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