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Andrea Hanson M.Ed

Founder and Co-Director of the Psychedelic Society of Utah

Dedicated to a new era of wellness, Andrea utilizes experience from her work as an entrepreneur and complex-trauma specialized therapist to create large scale change through speaking, advocating, and consulting.

Andrea's University education, training and certifications, and professional experiences are listed below.  

University Education

Trainings and Certifications

Professional Experience

Bachelor's of science in psychology with a minor in Positive psychology. 

University of Utah

In a cohort of 8 peers, Andrea attended 3 years of graduate school, earning a Master's of educational psychology in clinical mental health counseling. 


Associate's of science in criminal justice, emphasis in criminology & victimology

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) - Rick Ddblin, Ph.D

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training. This 100 hour program trains qualified medical professional to utilize the approved research protocol for legal MDMA-Assisted therapy where it is FDA approved. Learn more about MAPS here.

Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) 

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training and Psychedelic Treatment Clinic Foundations training. Qualified medical professionals learn about using ketamine as a jumping-off point for exploring the transformative potential of psychedelic therapy. Ketamine and psychedelic medicine preparation and integration. Tools for eliciting transformative sessions. Learn more about PRATI here.

Trauma Research Foundation's Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies (TRF)

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. To create a network of clinicians deeply familiar with trauma treatment modalities, Dr. van der Kolk created an intensive post-graduate certificate program. This intensive program immerses clinician into fundamentals necessary to become an expert trauma clinician. Learn more about TRF here.

Understanding Trauma: Foundations - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma - Dr. Jana Pressley

The Nature of Trauma: Developmental Neurobiology, Neuroimaging Research and effective Intervention - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Neurobiology of Trauma Treatment: EMDR and New Research Directions - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Adult Attachment Relationships - Dr. Jana Pressley

The Roles Intersectionality & Culture Humility Play when Working with Diverse Client Populations - Gary Bailey, MSW

Trauma Assessment of Children and Adults - Dr. Alexandra Cook

Childhood Trauma: Impact and Long Term Consequences - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

The Scope of Trauma Treatment: From Acute Interventions to Restoration of Self-Experience - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Introduction to ARC: The Attachment, Regulation and Competency Model - Dr. Margaret Blaustein

ARC & Supporting Regulation in Childhood - Dr. Margaret Blaustein

Adult Treatment Through the Lens of Components-Based Psychotherapy (CBP) - Dr. Elizabeth Hopper

Trauma Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory - Dr. Stephen Porges

We Do Not Work Alone: Implementing and Sustaining Trauma Informed Systems - Patricia Wilcox, LCSW

Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART): Bottom-up Interventions for Childhood Trauma - Dr. Elizabeth Warner

Trauma, Balance, and Sensory Integration: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) - Anne Westcott, LICSW

Trauma, PTSD and the Mind-Body Relationship - Matthew Sanford, M.A.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A Model for Accelerated Change - Dr. Deborah Korn

Trauma Processing with Children - Michele Henderson, LICSW

Making Connections: The Neuropsychology of Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma - Dr. Lorraine Freedle

Use of Play and Activity to Support Trauma-informed Treatment - Steven Gross, MSW

Incorporating Play Therapy into Evidence-Based Treatment - Dr. Jennifer Lefebre

Working with Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth - Dr. Jon Ebert and Dr. Tarah Kuhn

Internal Family Systems - Dr. Richard Shwartz

The Use of Internal Family Systems Model in Trauma Treatment - Dr. Frank Anderson

Trauma & Altered States of Consciousness - Dr. Ruth Lanius

Trauma-Informed Change Making - Ilya Yacevich, MA, LMFT, and Anita Shankar, MPH

Impact of Trauma in Adult Spirituality and Meaning-Making - Dr. Jana Pressley

Caring for the Caregiver: Vicarious Trauma - Dr. Jana Pressley

Neurobiofeedback - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Dr. Ainat Rogel, Dr. Diana Martinez

The Future of Trauma Interventions - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Global Education Institute (GEI) Certification Training Course: Best practices in transgender medical and mental health care standards and implementation in clinical practice. 

EMDR Consulting - Dr. Roy Kiessling

EMDR Consulting is an EMDRIA approved EMDR certification course providing clinicians with the most effective techniques for integrating EMDR into sessions. Unlike other EMDR trainings, Dr. Kiessling teaches a gentle yet highly effective method that does not require a "touchstone memory". Learn more about EMDR Consulting here

Certified Family Trauma Professional - Dr. Robert Rhoton and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional - Dr. Janina Fisher, Dr. Tim Worden, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, Zachary Alti LCSW, Michael Barnett Ma EdS LPC, David Kessler MA RN FACHE

Trauma and Addiction - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Deirdre Stewart LPC, SEP, BCN, Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, Dr. Tian Dayton TEP, Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, Dr. Whitney Howzell, Dr. Jon Caldwell, Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, Dr. Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Gabor Maté, Peter Levine, Dr. Kevin McCauley, Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Erica Sarr,  Dr. Nicole Garber

Clinical Supervision Mastery Course - Dr. Lois Ehrmann, Dr. Susan Lewis

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) - Jenn Turner LCMHC, RYT, Dave Emerson YACEP, Dr. Sydney Spears

The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is dedicated to creating body-first models of care for survivors of complex trauma. Learn more about TCTSY here. 

Racial Injustice and Trauma

EFT - Addiction Treatment in Couples Therapy

Psychedelic Society of


As founder and co-director, Andrea facilitates a societal shift into wellness by bringing key leaders together for a common cause, advocating policy reform, educating, and organizing community efforts.


By establishing a thriving private practice, Andrea saw firsthand the incredible power of integrating psychedelic-assisted therapy and advanced techniques for treating complex trauma. 

Elevations RTC

Through cultivating relationships with influential parents nationwide and applying therapeutic expertise, Andrea supported teenagers in a residential facility and their families in addressing family and generational trauma that had manifested as extremely risky behaviors, including self-harm, addiction, runaway tendencies, anger issues, and school disengagement.

The Pheonix Recovery Center

Andrea aided adult women facing severe addictions in their pursuit of sobriety and community by employing tailored therapeutic methods and facilitating the development of supportive peer connections.

Neurobehavioral Center for Growth

While at NBCG, skillfully managed a diverse caseload, which encompassed a wide range of clients with varying needs, backgrounds, and complexities. This required a keen ability to adapt and tailor therapeutic approaches to address the unique challenges presented by each individual or group, showcasing a remarkable capacity for versatility and inclusivity in client care


Andrea assisted clients struggling with heroin addiction, as well as individuals transitioning from the federal bureau of prisons in their journey toward achieving internal wholeness and well-being. Her support not only contributed to their sobriety but also played a crucial role in reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

University of Utah

Student Counseling


Throughout her graduate school practicum, Andrea collaborated with volunteer clients, conducting sessions that were recorded and subsequently analyzed in conjunction with her supervisors, professors, and peers. This process served as a valuable feedback and improvement mechanism.

Rape Recovery Center

From the age of 18 through graduate school, Andrea committed her time to volunteering at the rape recovery center, where she actively engaged in responding to crisis calls, delivering compassionate support, and furnishing valuable resources to those in need.

Professional Experience
Training and Certs
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