Andrea Lambert is a registered nurse (RN), a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) certified  practitioner,  and a hypnotherapist. She has integrated all these aspects of her formal education to create the Self-Awareness Institute and Self-Awareness Weekend Counseling Program, which is an innovative counseling and personal growth program.

Lambert’s career began by obtaining an M.S. degree in counseling from  Immanuel School of Nursing Omaha Nebraska afterwards for which she served as a traditional RN for seven years. Having developed an interest in assisting in personal growth of her patients, she sought out and was awarded a Master of Science degree in Counseling from University of California San Francisco.

“My RN experience especially in the emergency room was hard to handle. There were always a wide range of emotional responses from my clients, such as rage, sorrow and fear. These experiences have become invaluable tools in my counseling practice.”

From that point forward, Lambert discovered eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a way to walk a patient past their trauma EMDR, taking the training classes to become a certified practitioner and to further explore this dimension of health care subscribed to the Alchemy Institute for Hypnotherapy in Santa Rosa, CA.

Lambert developed Self-Awareness Weekend to clear away the source of self-sabotaging patterns and replace them with self-fulfillment resulting from creating new decisions, productive new behaviors, and new courses of action.

Her mission to develop a self-awareness weekend became clear; the concept was to help clients release wounds pent-up from the damage of past traumas alongside professional counselors in a two-day retreat .

“During Self-Awareness Weekend, I really feel confident and positive. I can handle what shows up in that space. It might be judgmental, but I’m not sure other counselors could do that. That stuff can be pretty intense. A person can be sobbing away or ready to literally murder. It can be scary to someone else, but it doesn’t bother me one iota as they work out their emotional pain.”

Karen Hansen M.S. Earth Sciences, has been writing about earth and the environmental sciences for Examiner.com since May of 2010 in addition to having been an educator and consultant who has facilitated over 200 courses for a private university. Karen loves to learn and write about clean disruptive technology and policies and the people on the planet too. She lives and works in Sacramento, CA. You can find her work at SF Solar Energy Examiner, SF Environmental News Examiner and Environmental News Examiner