Andrea Brennan LMHC, PLLC

Andrea Brennan LMHC, PLLC Psychotherapy services provided via telehealth by a licensed professional w 10+ years of experience. Call today for a consultation!

Happy New Year, friends! Let's make 2022 the year of self care and self love β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽ‰
12/31/2021

Happy New Year, friends! Let's make 2022 the year of self care and self love β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽ‰

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Friendly reminder to protect your mental/emotional health this holiday seaso...
11/26/2021

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Friendly reminder to protect your mental/emotional health this holiday season πŸ˜€ you are worth a good meal, you are worth your own happiness and you are worth guilt free self care.

Surround yourself with people who support your journey! At your pace. On your terms. Without judgement, criticism or com...
07/05/2021

Surround yourself with people who support your journey! At your pace. On your terms. Without judgement, criticism or comparisons. Your path is your own and you deserve to travel it in a healthy way. Choose to be around people who celebrate you ❀️

Anxiety can impact us in many different ways. So often, it can sneak in and become a part of who we believe we are and h...
05/13/2021

Anxiety can impact us in many different ways. So often, it can sneak in and become a part of who we believe we are and how we interact w others. It can make us believe it is keeping us safe, protecting us from criticism. And it can hurt. It can stop us from doing things we are built to do, capable of handling. How does anxiety impact your day to day functioning?

It's Time.
05/11/2021

It's Time.

The brain is an incredible thing. Constantly working to protect us by remembering past dangers and reacting to any remin...
03/25/2021

The brain is an incredible thing. Constantly working to protect us by remembering past dangers and reacting to any reminders of old threats. This is an important and necessary function. However, sometimes, our brain overgeneralizes. Sometimes, past threats no longer exist and we end up reacting to a memory rather than actual, real time events. Can you relate to the triggers listed in this graphic? Can you relate to reacting to these? It IS possible to retrain the brain with a whole lot of hard work and compassion. ❀️ You've got this. You're not alone. And your brain is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.

Call today for some help retraining that incredible brain of yours. www.andreabrennanlmhc.com


πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ§‘β€οΈ alright, folks, let's be honest. How are you doing? It's so easy to fall into the "I'm fine" trap. Take a minute a...
03/09/2021

πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ§‘β€οΈ alright, folks, let's be honest. How are you doing? It's so easy to fall into the "I'm fine" trap. Take a minute and check in with yourself. You can't heal what you aren't yet aware of.

Let go of the things that are not yours. Sometimes we find  a sense of safety in overdoing, in controlling, in self sacr...
02/04/2021

Let go of the things that are not yours. Sometimes we find a sense of safety in overdoing, in controlling, in self sacrifice. If we take the reins, we feel like we may be more likely to get our needs met. The problem is that we really cannot control things that aren't ours- other people's behaviors, actions, responsibilities, etc. So we dedicate a great deal of effort to a cause that sets us up to fail and feel stressed. Let go of the things that aren't yours. There are ways to maintain safety without owning other people's messes.

THIS! Does it seem like you end up in the same sorts of relationship over and over? Are you constantly bending over back...
02/03/2021

THIS! Does it seem like you end up in the same sorts of relationship over and over? Are you constantly bending over backwards to help/fix/rescue the people in your life? Is it working? Does it hurt?

Your role isn't in fixing others, doing more, giving more, trying harder- it's in cultivating a healthy enough relationship with yourself so that the need for a toxic counterpart no longer exists.

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01/24/2021
We are constantly building. Life exists in a state of motion. So, what are you building? The same painful  structure, ov...
01/21/2021

We are constantly building. Life exists in a state of motion. So, what are you building? The same painful structure, over and over? Something new while venturing into unknown, even scary, grounds? Maybe something sturdy, stable and unfamiliar. Whatever it is, attention to what we bring to the table is a must.

Reach out today for help building something new.
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Where do you find your peace? Some places make mindfulness easier than others. When you find a sense of calm- keep going...
01/18/2021

Where do you find your peace? Some places make mindfulness easier than others. When you find a sense of calm- keep going back, you deserve it πŸ˜‰

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Self love. Allowing your inner child to make messes and not be made wrong for them. Real, tangible messes, emotional mes...
01/03/2021

Self love. Allowing your inner child to make messes and not be made wrong for them. Real, tangible messes, emotional messes, complicated messes; weird, uncomfortable choices. Allowing the vulnerable parts of you to be free. Free to live, free to make mistakes, free to succeed, free to feel safe and find joy. Love all of your parts, even when it gets messy πŸ˜‰



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Friendly reminder during the holiday season and always that your well-being is just as important as the next person's an...
12/07/2020

Friendly reminder during the holiday season and always that your well-being is just as important as the next person's and you deserve to set good, solid, healthy boundaries ❀️



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That feeling when your thoughts take over and convince you of things that facts may not back up 😬When you are exposed to...
12/02/2020

That feeling when your thoughts take over and convince you of things that facts may not back up 😬

When you are exposed to toxic messages over and over, especially from a young age, it's hard to see the world clearly. Rejection and abandonment become the lense that information is filtered through.

Seeking out someone to help sort through what's happening in real time and what feels real due to past "stuff" can make all the difference.

Call for a consult today! www.andreabrennanlmhc.com

SPEAK. Own your dreams, your goals, your wants and needs. They're yours and you deserve good things. There is so much po...
11/02/2020

SPEAK. Own your dreams, your goals, your wants and needs. They're yours and you deserve good things. There is so much power in taking ownership over our path. You can do this.

Reach out today for a little help along the way.
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Trauma bonding v healthy, secure attachment... It can be so difficult to tell the difference when you're actually in the...
10/28/2020

Trauma bonding v healthy, secure attachment... It can be so difficult to tell the difference when you're actually in the thick of things. Being mindful of the patterns in your relationships, your sense of wholeness independent of your partner and your ability to engage in self love are good indicators.

Call today for assistance in creating healthy, meaningful bonds w others.

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We need compassion and acceptance from ourselves most of all... And those tend to be some of the hardest things to provi...
10/16/2020

We need compassion and acceptance from ourselves most of all... And those tend to be some of the hardest things to provide. We are often quicker to allow our inner critic(s) to tap in than we are to actually listen to our own needs. Maybe this feels like it works in the moment- it keeps us motivated, or aware/on top of our tasks, etc- and of course it might, that's why we do it! Maybe, in addition to keeping us in line, this pattern also prevents us from liking ourselves, from being happy, from learning to make different types of choices and living a different type of life.

What if we just sat with ourselves? Listened openly to our own needs? If we could be kinder to ourselves, how different life might feel. ❀️



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No fancy caption today. Being present with this scene was so peaceful yesterday. Sometimes being present is all that's n...
10/11/2020

No fancy caption today. Being present with this scene was so peaceful yesterday. Sometimes being present is all that's needed. Simple. Grounded. Mindful.

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THIS πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ there is no magic wand in therapy, but with a whole lot of work and practice, there are opportunities to build ...
10/07/2020

THIS πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ there is no magic wand in therapy, but with a whole lot of work and practice, there are opportunities to build skills and learn to be capable of handling things you previously didn't know how to do. Listen to yourself. Be patient. And above, give yourself grace while you grow.❀️

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Teach girls to prioritize feeling safe over being nice πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ there has been a strong societal focus on being polite, being...
10/05/2020

Teach girls to prioritize feeling safe over being nice πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ there has been a strong societal focus on being polite, being a lady, making others feel good for generations. Girls and women have learned from a very young age that sometimes being polite means being uncomfortable. That caring for others means sacrificing oneself. That being a lady means giving up one's voice, not saying "no", using modifiers like "kind of" (that kind of makes me uncomfortable), "maybe" (maybe we'd better stop), "just" (I just have so much on my plate), etc, rather than being clear about one's needs. All of these things jeopardize safety. All of these things soften boundaries and minimize choice.

Let's empower our girls to speak up for themselves. Let's focus on getting needs met and staying safe. ❀️


Trauma is trauma is trauma. I can't count the number of times someone has told me that they feel "crazy" or "dramatic" o...
10/03/2020

Trauma is trauma is trauma. I can't count the number of times someone has told me that they feel "crazy" or "dramatic" or "have no reason to feel this way". Big t, little t- if it impacts you, it's traumatic. Your experience and feelings are valid.

IT'S NOT FAIR. It's πŸ‘not πŸ‘ fairπŸ‘... And it's so true. The people who have hurt us are not capable of cleaning up their m...
10/02/2020

IT'S NOT FAIR. It's πŸ‘not πŸ‘ fairπŸ‘... And it's so true. The people who have hurt us are not capable of cleaning up their messes. The type of person who harms others is not the type of person who has the skills or insight to repair the damage done. And that is frustrating. And unfair. And TRUE. Looking for healing or validation from that person keeps us stuck. The only person that can truly do the work that healing requires... Is you.

Call today to link up and work on healing. You deserve it. www.andreabrennanlmhc.com

Another beautiful morning for a walk. There was so much to absorb this morning, making mindfulness so easy! Taking time ...
09/27/2020

Another beautiful morning for a walk. There was so much to absorb this morning, making mindfulness so easy! Taking time to just "be", to notice the world around us and be present- talk about centering! What do you do to create space for mindful living?

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New twist on an all-time fave! What if the giving tree was the healthy-living-self-love-appropriately-boundaried tree?? ...
09/23/2020

New twist on an all-time fave! What if the giving tree was the healthy-living-self-love-appropriately-boundaried tree?? πŸ˜‚ How much happier might the tree and the boy have been??❀️❀️
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How many people need one of these?? πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Let go of the things that are not yours! ❀️ I promise that when we give up ...
09/22/2020

How many people need one of these?? πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Let go of the things that are not yours! ❀️ I promise that when we give up the stuff we can't really take responsibility for anyway, we become so much more effective over the things we can

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I had to snap this pic a few mornings ago bc it just felt so perfectly symbolic. Ya gotta know when to flash a red light...
09/22/2020

I had to snap this pic a few mornings ago bc it just felt so perfectly symbolic. Ya gotta know when to flash a red light, if you want to experience beauty and peace. Boundaries are so important in living a healthy life- give me a call if you want a partner in figuring out how to navigate healthy limit setting.
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It is ok to lean on your people! Sometimes, it's hard to see the line (let alone draw it!) Between a close relationship ...
09/22/2020

It is ok to lean on your people! Sometimes, it's hard to see the line (let alone draw it!) Between a close relationship and a codependent one. You are WORTH your own sense of self. ❀️
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