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Trauma Psychologist Dr. Andrea Loeb: Tools for Life & Recovery from Trauma

Dr. Andrea Loeb is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of South Miami Psychology Group in Miami, Florida. Dr. Loeb has been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years. Her vast array of specialties includes child sexual abuse and physical abuse, child trauma, teen sexual abuse and trauma, teen relationship issues, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, depression and virtual reality therapy. In her practice, Dr. Loeb uses multiple therapeutic modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Counting, and Virtual Reality Therapy. She has many credentials and accreditations and works with various non-profits including serving as Clinical Director of Kristi House in Miami, Florida. Dr. Loeb is incredibly skilled and passionate about the work that she does. Dr. Loeb respectfully brings a level of humanity and levity to some very dark and serious subject matter. Dr. Loeb believes that through therapy work that people can “realize that, despite what has happened in your life, you can create a future you’re proud of – one where you thrive and live up to your potential”.

In this episode, Dr. Loeb touches on many important topics including trauma, what it is and what it is not, how to identify trauma, the “levels” of trauma, the very real notion of “vicarious trauma” and most importantly that one can absolutely heal from trauma. Dr. Loeb talks about how she entered this professional space and provides some amazing techniques for our listeners to use in moments of anxiety or distress. Although the subject matter is heavy, Dr. Loeb has an amazing way of keeping the conversation positive while honoring the process of healing.

More topics covered in this episode:

  • What trauma looks like

  • What “vicarious trauma” is and how friends and family or even bystanders can be very affected by other peoples’ trauma

  • The emotional and psychological reasons that one may feel that they need to avoid a difficult global or community event

  • How important it is for trauma victims to feel heard

  • Why therapy for trauma and sexual abuse works

  • Tools for healing

  • Counting and sensory techniques to combat anxiety

  • How to leave emotionally challenging work at work

  • How the stigma of going to therapy has been reduced by the pandemic

  • That therapy is not just for people who have had major traumatic life events and can greatly benefit people looking for additional coping strategies and people wanting to be their best selves.

Connect with Dr. Loeb: Web: Instagram: @southmiamipsychology Email: Connect with Nikki: Web: Instagram: @nikkisappspo / @theknowwithnikkispo For information on sponsorships and collaborations, please email


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