Change through Rehabilitation: Meet Andrea Bigenho

Please help us in welcoming Andrea Bigenho, CRC, LPC, to Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates, LLC. So you can get to know her better, we have included some questions and answers from Andrea.

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How would you describe your work in a six word sentence?  

“I am honored to bear witness.”

 

What was the most interesting place you have traveled? Why?  

I found the Yucatán peninsula to have a fascinating array of biodiversity, and an extremely interesting cultural history.  I enjoyed traveling there and exploring the jungle, different marine habitats and the ancient ruins.  

 

What is a small act of kindness you experienced and will never forget?  

 

While in school, and during a particularly bad time in my life, I was having a moment of  tearfulness and overwhelm at a private spot on campus.  Through my tears I looked up to see a concerned woman standing next to me.  She asked me if I was okay, but before I answered she grabbed me and hugged me tight.  I cried in her arms for a moment before I thanked her and said that I would be okay.  Her kindness and concern and especially her just standing there holding me, a stranger, while I cried will forever stand out to me. 

When did you first know you wanted to work in the helping field?  

I have always known that my purpose was to help others.  I originally thought my calling was teaching, but have since recognized that I am more suited to individual and small group work with people who are experiencing difficulty.  Every year in this field has strengthened and confirmed my purpose of helping those who are struggling.    

What is the most recent photo saved to your phone? Why did you take the photo?  

I took a photo of a grouping of mushrooms and flora at the base of a tree in my yard.  I am always taking pictures of natural things because I find them to be the most beautiful things to behold.

 

What emotion do you think is most difficult to express? 

Anger seems to me to be the most difficult emotion for people to express.  I think this is in part due to our culture, and the ways in which we have been taught and socialized to express or repress anger.   It is also important to recognize that anger is most often an emotion that masks a deeper, negative core belief. 

 

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