Andrea Ehgartner

Family therapist, Newbridge House

Andrea Ehgartner trained and worked as a social worker, then developed her interest in family therapy by qualifying in the specialty. Andrea initially focused upon the treatment of eating disorders before branching out into general child and adolescent mental health work, treating a wide range of difficulties.

Andrea qualified in Munich, Germany in 1990 and worked in a rape crisis centre for six months, followed by a residential drug rehabilitation unit for five years. While working towards her social work qualification, Andrea developed an interest in family therapy and once qualified as a social worker, undertook some initial family therapy training.

Andrea moved to the UK in November 1996 and spent five years working in an addiction services team for adults and young people in Wolverhampton. During this time, she undertook postgraduate training in family therapy at Parkview Clinic in Birmingham. Andrea qualified as a systemic psychotherapist (family therapist) in June 2002.

Andrea took up a post as family therapist at an inpatient eating disorders unit in Staffordshire, as part of a multi-disciplinary team working with young people and their families.

Since September 2004, Andrea has worked in a CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) team, helping families in Wolverhampton cope with a wide range of difficulties. For the past two years, she has been a member of an eating disorder/self-harm clinic.