Andrew Bednarzik, MA, LPC
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.
As a former Division I athlete, I love to work with athletes on the challenges that come up on and off the field. Performance anxiety, confidence issues, loss of joy for the game, fear of judgement from coaches or parents are all very common experiences that I help people address. Gaining insight into what's underlying those issues and practicing tools to help address them can help restore the joy that you have for playing your sport - whether you're a recreational or competitive athlete. During sessions we use tools like biofeedback, mindfulness and visualizations. The challenges that come up on the field often mirror challenges we experience in our lives, and consequently positive changes ripple into everyday life.
The transitions into college and out of college are two of most significant times of change in one's life. I work with college bound high school students to prepare for this transition emotionally and practically (college search, SAT/ACT Tutoring) as well as with young adults as they transition out of college and into the beginning of adulthood.
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.