About Me

Hi! I’m glad you’re here!

A little about me. I am Andrea Nus. Some of my identities and advantages – I am a heterosexually married, white, cisgender, neurodivergent, childfree woman in a fat and abled body. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Iowa. My spouse and I have two beloved fur babies (see below for cuteness). And I enjoy creating by painting, drawing and shooting photos of nature, spending time with loved ones, and listening to live music.

A life long learner (not knower), I spend a lot of time attending and staffing trainings, reading, listening to podcasts, attending a few groups, and most influential – learning by life experiences. Especially my mistakes. The heaps of piles of mistakes. In particular, I am passionate to learn more about people – the human brain, relationships, communication styles, and aspects of human history. Self-growth and deep connections are a few of my core values.

In my professional development as a therapist, I’ve experienced many great teachings. In pursuit of personal and professional development, I have received good and great coaching in a couple of areas of my life. A few years ago, I became interested in becoming a coach. In 2022, I began a coaching program designed specifically for therapists. We wrapped up in Spring 2023, and I continue to learn and develop my coaching skills.

Until 2021, I never considered running a group of any kind. As an introvert, the idea of facilitating a group made everything inside of me holler “Hell to the No!” Because of the changes and healing I’ve experienced in recent years in a few groups, I want to take this risk. I am willing to. Because I desire for more people with bodies like mine to be able to experience what I have. And I also hope Coaching and workshops I will offer will allow more people to reach their #Relationshipgoals. Take a look around this site and if what I offer is of interest to you, reach out and we’ll set up a time to connect on your interests and questions.

My Core Values

I believe it’s important for you to know what values guide me in my life. Some of my values may not align with yours and that may be okay with you. And it might not be. Just like I have a lot of interests, I have a LOT of values I consider to be very important to me. Below are a few of those. Seeing them might help you determine if you want to work with me.

  • Relationships: where I and others can show up as our true, whole and imperfect selves. Be open. Be vulnerable. Yes, it is scary. And it is exhilerating and freeing. And it gets easier and smoother with practice. We grow when we are in relationship with others.
  • Growth: Striving to do better. To be better. Allign with my values and when I stray from them, reflect on what happened, learn from it, and re-allign.
  • Accountability: for and with myself and with others. When I hold myself accountable, I can alleviate guilt and shame and make different choices. When someone wants me to hold them accountable we operate as a team.
  • Equity: where all oppressed persons are no longer oppressed. Inequity does not serve the collective human race (emotionally, mentally, physically, financially), the creatures we co-habitate this Earth with, or the Earth Herself.
  • Hope: always hope.
  • Humor: truly the best medicine. I can’t take myself too seriously, or much of anything for that matter.

My Strengths

Floofer and Cora

  • Good Listener
  • Compassionate – understanding without judgement
  • Warm and caring
  • Invested in your growth and success
  • Presence. Creating a container for you to share freely. And when I’m not fully present, I name it. And if I don’t catch it, I invite you to name it. Transparency is a value and strength.
  • Connection. Meaningful connections. With you, myself, the four-legged, those with wings, and the earth that holds us all.
  • Funny. Depending on your sense of humor of course. I can’t remember the punchline to a joke. I have a dry sense of humor.
  • Down to earth. What does that even mean?!? To me, it means I am uncomfortable with compliments and quick to point out my flaws or growing edges. I like egalitarian systems and equality, and equaity.

Hours (CST)

Tuesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 3:15pm
Available by Appointment Only.