About Me

When you hire someone, you interview them. You ask them for their resume. If you are going to hire me to be your therapist, I would expect to give you my background. Treat the first session with me like an interview process. There is a therapist, doctor, mechanic, and hair stylist for everyone. See if I am a fit.

A native of the Worthington, Minnesota area, Andrea (Wagner) Bloch owns and operates The Sanctuary Counseling Services of Sioux Falls, SD and Worthington, MN. Andrea began her work in the counseling field with her 9-month internship at Stronghold Counseling Services of Sioux Falls in 2013. She practiced under supervision in Marshall and Worthington, MN until 2017. She was officially licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota in 2017.  She then became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in South Dakota in 2018.  She previously served as a member of the Executive Board for the Southwest Crisis Center, which provides services to victims of domestic violence in southwestern Minnesota.  In 2018, she received the Faces of Hope award for her work with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is an active member with the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is the parent of two adult daughters. Andrea and her children reside near Fulda, Minnesota.




2014                Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

                        Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

                        Graduated with High Honors 3.875 GPA


2009                Certificate in Massage Therapy

                        South Dakota School of Massage Therapy, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


1998                Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

                        South Dakota State University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


1996                Associate of Art – Liberal Arts/Associate of Science – Animal Science

                        Worthington Community College, Worthington, Minnesota





                        SOUTH DAKOTA, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern.



2018                Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #SD11500

                        South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counseling                                         

                        and Marriage & Family Therapists


2017                Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #3001

                        Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy






Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – Owner/operator of private practice offering counseling services for couples, families, and individuals with sensitivity to culture, gender, spirituality, and traditions; utilizing narrative and family systems modalities for anxiety, depression, trauma, conflict, and life transitions. Providing diagnostic assessments and ongoing therapy.


2015-2018                   SOUTHWESTERN MENTAL HEALTH CENTER,

                                    WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA

Mental Health Practitioner/Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist – Responsible for providing mental health counseling services for individuals, couples, and families of various cultural backgrounds and SES status utilizing CBT, DBT, solution focused, family systems, and narrative therapy modalities. 


2014-2015                   WESTERN MENTAL HEALTH CENTER,

                                    MARSHALL, MINNESOTA

Mental Health Practitioner/Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Responsible for providing in home mental health counseling services for individuals and families in a 5-county catchment area with various cultural backgrounds and SES status, utilizing CBT and family systems modalities.



2010 – 2014                TRANQUILITY WOMEN’S MASSAGE & WELLNESS,                                                                                        WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA

Owner/Licensed/Nationally Certified Massage Therapist – Manage the clinical side of the practice (i.e. assessment, therapy, and supervision of interns).  Also function as a full-time massage therapist doing primarily integrative massage including neuromuscular, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy to women with chronic pain.  Also do passive stretch, acupressure, reflexology, and comfort touch with women in multiple stages of health.


2010 – 2012                COMPASSIONATE CARE HOSPICE,

                                    WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA

Licensed & Nationally Certified Massage Therapist – Responsible for one-on-one care with patients in their homes or in nursing facilities including comfort touch, Swedish, and deep tissue massage, as well as reflexology.  Worked with nurses to schedule patients, and completed reports daily regarding CARE notes on patients.


2009 – 2010                WARM STONES MASSAGE & SPA SERVICES,

                                    ROCK RAPIDS, IOWA

                                    Licensed & Nationally Certified Massage Therapist –

Provided massage therapy services in multiple modalities for clients of various health conditions and stages of life.  Responsible for providing excellent customer service in addition to scheduling and billing.



  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

  • Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)



  • Counseling Grief Clients Certification Training, 11/2020

  • Approaching Eating Disorders as Mental Health Professionals: Assessing, Treating, and Preventing Eating Disorders While Challenging Biases, 10/2020

  • Cultural and Historical Traumas: Invisible Barriers to Healing and Change, 04/2020

  • Dan Siegel on Attachment, Trauma & Psychotherapy: Neural Integration for Resilience & Well-Being, 03/2020

  • Labor Trafficking Dynamics in Midwest Rural Communities, 01/2020

  • Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making in Behavioral Health: How to Practice in a Safe and Ethical Way, 12/2019

  • Gottman Level 1 - Bridging the Couple Chasm, 06/2018

  • Life Space Crisis Intervention, 05/2018

  • Brains of Addiction: From Trauma to Repair, 05/2018

  • Southwest Crisis Center Sexual Assault Advocacy, 10/2017

  • Great Start MN Clinicians Group, 02/2017

  • AMH Crisis: Module 1, 03/2015

  • Intro to DC:0-3 Diagnosing MH & DD in Very Young Children, 02/2015

  • ECSII Training, 02/2015

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • LGBTQ+ Counseling

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

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