I'm glad you're here. It means you're hungry for change in your life. I can relate, since my own hunger and curiosity have been the main driving forces in my life, leading me to become a spiritual seeker and into the field of personal development and healing

I started out as an artist and earned a B.F.A. from VCU. Not long after, my fascination with well being took hold and has led me down many roads, literally and figuratively.


In 2008, I began a Massage Therapy career, which opened up more questions for me about the mind, body, spirit connection. I knew that many physical symptoms have psychological and spiritual causes. Before I knew it, I was loading up my car with my dog and moving to California to earn a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFKU. I was thrilled to find a field dedicated to holistic healing and nurturing our most Essential Selves.

I've worked with hundreds of people to develop mindful awareness, overcome impulsive and addictive behaviors, and establish lives of greater joy and fulfillment. 

Now, I'm embracing my jack-of-all-trades nature and love of adventure in this integrative practice, offering Counselling or Coaching/Consulting.


My intention for my work with people is to help them discover nourishment for the wild and brave soul, working with the body, belief systems, creativity, imagination, emotions, and connection to spirit and nature to cultivate well being.


I'm ready to team up with you as you embody a life that's better (and more real) than anything you've imagined so far.


  • Master of Arts Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia #0701007556

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • Studied Myofascial Release and Massage Therapy and hold current license in Virginia #0019013652

  • Formerly trained as a Wilderness First Responder

  • Certified in Reiki 1 & 2 

  • Certified in Healing Touch 1

Publications & Publicity

Counseling/Therapy for Virginia Residents only.

Coaching offered online to people anywhere.

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Please Note: Soul Explorations, LLC and Andrea Shipley currently only offer Counseling or Psychotherapy services to people located in the state of Virginia, USA who require mental health services. 


For individuals in any location who are not seeking or in need of Psychotherapeutic Counseling, Andrea also provides Coaching and Consulting under Alive Explorations LLC.


Coaching & Consulting are not intended to be replacements for qualified healthcare of any kind. If you receive Life Coaching or Consulting mentorship with Andrea Shipley, she and Alive Explorations LLC will not diagnose or treat any mental health disorder and your mental health will be assumed.