Andi Buschbacher, LLPC

Andi Buschbacher, LLPC

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice
Gonzaga University

Master of Counselor Education
Eastern Washington University

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor, Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Andi

What is your favorite place?

The Spokane River, Washington State

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

What is your favorite quote?

I can’t pick just one, because I have so many. Here are a few:

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” (Carl Rogers)


“Music to me is like breathing- I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.” (Ray Charles)


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” (Henry Ford)


“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” (Navy SEALS)

A book that you think everyone should read:

“No Bad Parts” by Richard Schwartz

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

For self-care/self-love I enjoy doing yoga, playing and listening to music, playing and spending time with my children and husband, journaling, dancing, painting, being in nature or near bodies of water, gardening, and playing with our dog Gunnar.

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I am very passionate about music. I have played the guitar since I was 11 years old, and I also love to sing. Overall, music helps me to connect with myself in many ways and has gotten me through difficult times in my life whether it be through listening to music that I identified with or by writing songs to express my own thoughts and feelings.

Who is your ideal client?

When I think of an ideal client, I tend to think more so about conditions that would make for an ideal experience for them in therapy. Some ideal conditions for effective therapy are consistency, open-mindedness, and over time building trust in the therapist to be able to share our true thoughts and feelings. I am open to working with clients of all ages, and have the most experience working with teens and young adults.

Why do you like being a therapist?

One of the most rewarding experiences for me as a therapist has been seeing clients become more accepting of themselves, and increasing self-compassion. I find it truly inspiring when clients are able to make steps toward overcoming self-criticism and practice taking care of themselves.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

I would want people to know that finding the right therapist and/or approach to therapy is very important, and to not give up if you had a bad experience in therapy in the past. I would also say to trust the process, and be patient with yourself.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

We are not meant to bear our burdens alone. Having someone that we trust and can open up with can help us to feel supported and understood. Therapy can also help us to see things from a different perspective and challenge unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and others. Many people also find that therapy equips them with new coping strategies for difficult thoughts, emotions or relationships as well.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

If therapy were a road trip, I as your therapist would see myself as a guide in the passenger seat rather than the driver of your journey. I will support you in moving toward your goals. I will always do my best to provide a safe space for you to share from the heart without fear of judgment or criticism.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

To me, success in therapy means moving closer toward fulfilling your goals that were established when you started therapy, even if it is baby steps. Success does not mean perfection.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

On the one hand, there are certain individuals who fully accept and embrace the benefits of therapy. However, there are still certain societal and cultural influences that can cause people to feel that therapy points to weakness or has a negative connotation. I hope to continue to see common misconceptions of therapy to be changed, and for therapy to be seen as part of taking care of our health and wellness. Mental health IS health.

Populations:

Kids (5+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults & Adults

Treatment Modalities:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Attachment Theory
Behavior Counseling
Breathwork
Choice Theory
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Compassion Focused Therapy
Creative Expression
Creative Expression/Art Therapy
Development of Rituals
Enneagram
Enneagram Coaching
Expressive Therapy
Holistic Therapy
Inner Child/“Parts” Work
Integrative Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Meditation
Meditation and Mindful Movement
Mindfulness
Mindfulness and Meditation Coaching
Motivational Interviewing
Music Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Person-Centered Therapy
Play Therapy
Psychoeducation
Strength-Based Therapy
Trauma Informed Care
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Yoga-based Interventions

Professional Specializations

  • Adoption
    ADHD
    Anger Management
    Anxiety
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Body Image
    Bullying
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Depression
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Faith-Based Counseling
    Family of Origin
    Finding Your Truth
    Folx Trying to Break Generational Cycles
    Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    Grief and Loss
    HAES (Health At Every Size)
    Healers and Healthcare workers
    Identity Discovery, Loss, Building
    Infertility
    Integrative/Holistic Therapy
    LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
    Life Transitions
    Meditation
    Mindfulness
    Other helping professionals and fellow therapists
    Parenting
    Personal Empowerment
    Phobias
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Self-Harm
    Social Skills
    Stress
    Suicidal Ideation
    Trauma
    Women’s Health & Postpartum
    Work/Life Balance

Psychotherapist Andi Buschbacher, LLPC

Andi Buschbacher, LLPC

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice
Gonzaga University

Master of Counselor Education
Eastern Washington University

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor, Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Andi

What is your favorite place?

The Spokane River, Washington State

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

What is your favorite quote?

I can’t pick just one, because I have so many. Here are a few:

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” (Carl Rogers)


“Music to me is like breathing- I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.” (Ray Charles)


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” (Henry Ford)


“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” (Navy SEALS)

A book that you think everyone should read:

“No Bad Parts” by Richard Schwartz

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

For self-care/self-love I enjoy doing yoga, playing and listening to music, playing and spending time with my children and husband, journaling, dancing, painting, being in nature or near bodies of water, gardening, and playing with our dog Gunnar.

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I am very passionate about music. I have played the guitar since I was 11 years old, and I also love to sing. Overall, music helps me to connect with myself in many ways and has gotten me through difficult times in my life whether it be through listening to music that I identified with or by writing songs to express my own thoughts and feelings.

Who is your ideal client?

When I think of an ideal client, I tend to think more so about conditions that would make for an ideal experience for them in therapy. Some ideal conditions for effective therapy are consistency, open-mindedness, and over time building trust in the therapist to be able to share our true thoughts and feelings. I am open to working with clients of all ages, and have the most experience working with teens and young adults.

Why do you like being a therapist?

One of the most rewarding experiences for me as a therapist has been seeing clients become more accepting of themselves, and increasing self-compassion. I find it truly inspiring when clients are able to make steps toward overcoming self-criticism and practice taking care of themselves.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

I would want people to know that finding the right therapist and/or approach to therapy is very important, and to not give up if you had a bad experience in therapy in the past. I would also say to trust the process, and be patient with yourself.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

We are not meant to bear our burdens alone. Having someone that we trust and can open up with can help us to feel supported and understood. Therapy can also help us to see things from a different perspective and challenge unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and others. Many people also find that therapy equips them with new coping strategies for difficult thoughts, emotions or relationships as well.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

If therapy were a road trip, I as your therapist would see myself as a guide in the passenger seat rather than the driver of your journey. I will support you in moving toward your goals. I will always do my best to provide a safe space for you to share from the heart without fear of judgment or criticism.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

To me, success in therapy means moving closer toward fulfilling your goals that were established when you started therapy, even if it is baby steps. Success does not mean perfection.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

On the one hand, there are certain individuals who fully accept and embrace the benefits of therapy. However, there are still certain societal and cultural influences that can cause people to feel that therapy points to weakness or has a negative connotation. I hope to continue to see common misconceptions of therapy to be changed, and for therapy to be seen as part of taking care of our health and wellness. Mental health IS health.

Populations:

Kids (5+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults & Adults

Treatment Modalities:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Attachment Theory
Behavior Counseling
Breathwork
Choice Theory
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Compassion Focused Therapy
Creative Expression
Creative Expression/Art Therapy
Development of Rituals
Enneagram
Enneagram Coaching
Expressive Therapy
Holistic Therapy
Inner Child/“Parts” Work
Integrative Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Meditation
Meditation and Mindful Movement
Mindfulness
Mindfulness and Meditation Coaching
Motivational Interviewing
Music Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Person-Centered Therapy
Play Therapy
Psychoeducation
Strength-Based Therapy
Trauma Informed Care
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Yoga-based Interventions

Professional Specializations

  • Adoption
    ADHD
    Anger Management
    Anxiety
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Body Image
    Bullying
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Depression
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Faith-Based Counseling
    Family of Origin
    Finding Your Truth
    Folx Trying to Break Generational Cycles
    Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    Grief and Loss
    HAES (Health At Every Size)
    Healers and Healthcare workers
    Identity Discovery, Loss, Building
    Infertility
    Integrative/Holistic Therapy
    LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
    Life Transitions
    Meditation
    Mindfulness
    Other helping professionals and fellow therapists
    Parenting
    Personal Empowerment
    Phobias
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Self-Harm
    Social Skills
    Stress
    Suicidal Ideation
    Trauma
    Women’s Health & Postpartum
    Work/Life Balance

Background

During her undergraduate program, Andrea volunteered as a CASA/Guardian ad Litem for Spokane County Juvenile Court, advocating for the best interest of children in foster care. Andrea’s clinical experience as a therapist began at a community mental health center for children and families who had experienced trauma and other mental health concerns. After moving to Michigan from Washington State, she began working in private practice and developed a passion for using integrative and holistic methods in therapy such as meditation, mindfulness, art, and music for teens and adults. Andrea has a passion for helping kids, teens, young adults and older adults increase self-compassion and understand their strengths and values in moving toward their goals.

Andi Buschbacher LLPC

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.