Sheba Shobashini Andrew, LCSW

Preferred Name: Sheba

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

I am originally from Malaysia and come from very humble beginnings. In 2013, I left a career in finance to pursue my desire to bear witness to others who have undergone difficult life circumstances. Fast forward, I have 9+ years of experience learning manifestations of trauma and treating it. I am bi-cultural, and I have lived experience as a trauma survivor. My clients often say I am warm, genuine, funny, and direct. I am passionate about using EMDR along with a holistic and culturally sensitive lens to decrease symptoms and promote personal growth.

Education & Experience

My graduate and post-graduate work has been with underserved communities, including immigrant youth, youth involved in child protective systems, and survivors of sexual exploitation, through an awarded CA mental health grant. Specialty training and experience with complex trauma, attachment wounds, and crisis work. Prior to my graduate studies, I was trained in addiction assessment and treatment and volunteered with foster youth. My passion for learning about trauma led me to an immersion educational experience in Munich, Germany. I also have research experience related to post-traumatic conditions through my prior professional work at the Veterans Affairs (VA). Most of my experience has been with brave individuals who have experienced multiple overwhelming and horrific life experiences and losses. I am also trained in Prolonged Exposure, another proven treatment for PTSD/trauma.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Pro-bono provider for the San Diego Trauma Recovery Network.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Immigrants
  • Juvenile Correctional Facility
  • Veterans/Military

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • TRICARE
  • UnitedHealth

Approved out-of-network provider for Tricare. California Victims Compensation Board (CAL VCB) & VA Community Care Network