Andrea Phillis is a behavioral health specialist with the Franklin Behavioral Health team. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer. She then went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College in 2013.   Since graduating in 2013, Andrea has worked with a wide variety of populations including early intervention with children from birth to 3 years old, adolescents, and late adolescent to early adulthood. Andrea has primarily focused on working with at-risk populations who have experienced various forms of trauma and clients who struggle with substance use. Andrea enjoys using multi-modal approaches to her counseling while also utilizing a trauma-informed approach. Andrea uses these approaches when providing behavioral health services in school-based services for clients as well.   Andrea is an active member of her community and serves on the Disability Rights Center’s Persons Advocating for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) council.   Andrea is a member of the NH chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). As a participating member of NAMI, Andrea is working towards certification as a therapeutic group facilitator.  As a member of the Behavioral Health team, Andrea enjoys participating in brainstorming about ways to better support Health First’s patients through ongoing collaborative care. Andrea also works to provide ongoing communication between mental health, medical, nutrition-based, and case management focused providers.  Andrea stays active in the community by providing opportunities for education around Health First’s integrated behavioral health model and removing the stigmas associated with pursuing mental health treatment.

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