Andrea Brandt, PhD, MFT


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Contact: 310-828-2021

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Topics: Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Relationships, Women’s Issues, Anger Management, Communication, Stress Management, Trauma

Areas: Los Angeles County, Orange County

Title: Psychotherapist, Expert in Passive-Aggressive Behavior

NEW! 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressive Behavior

November 12th, 10-1 PM, Santa Monica, CA

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Psychotherapist and expert in anger and passive-aggressive behavior empowers you with skills and strategies to release toxic stress and transform anger and conflict into healthy, positive relationships.

Were you taught that anger is bad and to avoid it at all cost? “Not true!” says psychologist and author Dr. Andrea Brandt. “Society expects us to repress our negative emotions, but anger can actually help us get what we want and deepen intimacy with the people we care about.”

A popular media guest, including “Larry King Live” and “The Love Connection,” Dr. Brandt reveals how we can use anger, conflict, and mindfulness skills to transform and heal troubled relationships by making anger our friend. Her compelling presentations give you simple, practical strategies for expressing feelings constructively, encouraging honest communication, setting and maintaining boundaries, and creating richer, more rewarding relationships with family members, friends, coworkers—and in every area of life. She’s the author of Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom and 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Parenting Magazine.

Using vivid real-life examples drawn from her three decades of professional experience, Dr. Brandt shows how to:

  • Release long-held fears about expressing anger and dealing with conflict
  • Transform anger and conflict into healthy, positive relationships
  • Identify and eliminate passive-aggressive behavior in yourself and others
  • Create closer, more satisfying intimate relationships by using anger and conflict productively
  • Recognize and change self-sabotaging behavior in yourself and others
  • Apply simple mindfulness skills to release toxic stress and improve physical,mental, and emotional health

Dr. Brandt’s focus on dealing with anger and passive-aggressiveness was shaped by her childhood in Chicago, where her paternal grandfather was murdered by the mafia. Because the family’s anger, sadness, and despair were never fully expressed or healed, the whole family suffered, and it became her passion to help others use conflict and anger to heal family ties and strengthen business and personal relationships.

Everyone leaves Andrea Brandt’s passionate, interactive presentations with simple yet powerful strategies that create clear, positive, and more honest communication in the workplace, at home, and in every area of their lives.

Best-fit Audiences

  • Corporations and businesses
  • Entrepreneurs, small business owners
  • Business, nonprofit, civic, community groups and organizations
  • Executives, administrators and departmental managers, team leaders, HR professionals, sales teams, employees
  • Colleges, universities, schools, youth groups, educators, parent groups
  • Hospitals, medical offices, healthcare organizations, health workers
  • Rehab centers, caregivers, healers
  • Recovery, cancer survivor, other support groups
  • Therapists, psychologists, counselors, coaches
  • Women’s groups, groups of women professionals


Customized for your group and presented as Keynotes, Breakouts, Workshops or Seminars (½ or full-day), Retreats, Trainings, and Webinars. Dr. Brandt is also available as a panel guess or moderator.

Is Passive-Aggressive Behavior Sabotaging Your Workplace
—and Your Life?

Is sugar-coated hostility in your workplace driving you crazy? Do your colleague’s mutter comments under their breath when you talk with them, show up late to meetings you schedule—or even steal your lunch? Does your boss exclude you from meetings instead of discussing work issues with you directly? Are you confused and stressed out by people who say “yes” when they mean “no”?

You may be dealing with the frustrating but common issue of passive-aggressive behavior. Passive-aggressiveness is often a protective armor that’s rooted in childhood, because most of us are not taught that conflict can be dealt with constructively.

In this empowering talk, you’ll discover how to identify and cope with passive-aggressiveness in the workplace, using simple but powerful strategies, such as assertive communication and setting boundaries, to resolve conflict and create honest, clear and positive communication.

How to Make Anger Your Friend: Using Conflict to Create More
Intimacy in Your Relationships

Is “conflict phobia” damaging your relationships? Did you grow up in a family where conflict was avoided at all cost? If so, you probably never learned that dealing effectively with conflict can resolve disputes and bring you closer than you could ever imagine to your partners, family members, friends, and everyone in your life.

This keynote presentation gives your group 7 steps to conflict resolution—simple rules for assertive yet compassionate communication that create understanding and lead to more intimate, loving relationships. You’ll leave knowing how to use conflict as a positive, creative force that can create healthy intimacy with the people who matter most to you.

Transform Stress into Healthy, Mindful Anger—and Live Longer!
None of us are immune from stress, but if we don’t deal with it effectively, it can be toxic to our health at every level—emotional, mental, and especially physical. But we don’t have to resign ourselves to living with it. The simple skills of mindfulness—tracking your inner moment-by-moment awareness so you know what you’re feeling and why—can dissolve stress and help you live longer.

In this life-changing talk, Dr. Andrea Brandt gives you everything you need to transform your anger, stress, and negativity into positive, life-giving energy. You’ll leave with the skills and strategies you need to create a healthier, happier, more stress-free life now.

Meet Dr. Andrea Brandt…

Dr. Andrea Brandt is a marriage and family therapist located in Santa Monica California. Andrea brings over 35 years of clinical experience to the role of individual family therapist, couples counseling, group therapy and anger management classes.  

Dr. Brandt is a recognized expert in treating a full range of emotional issues, including anger & aggression, anxiety & trauma, aging, relationships, work-life balance, and workplace and women’s issues.

In her workshops, patient sessions and presentations, Dr. Brandt reveals positive paths to emotional health that teach you how to reinvent and empower yourself. She emphasizes the mind-body-heart connection as a key to mental, physical and emotional wellness.

Upon pioneering a new approach to emotional healing, Dr. Brandt directed her attention to the study of anger management and conflict resolution. In her book 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness, Dr. Brandt examines strategies for overcoming a common yet debilitating response mechanism. In her second book, Mindful Anger: A pathway to emotional freedom, Dr. Brandt explores methods to better understand and manage the powerful emotion of anger.

Dr. Brandt holds 3-hour workshops open to the public called: 8-Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness.  Please visit for details. She also trains therapists across the nation with the seminar: Mindful Anger: The Art of Transforming a Difficult Emotion into a Therapeutic Tool seminar.

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What people are saying…

“Andrea Brandt speaks from a wealth of clinical experience and touches the core issues of anger management and conflict. She is inspiring and compassionate, wise and credible in her presentations. It was a pleasure having her work with my clients.”
—Dominic Cirincione PhD, President, Organizational Fitness Associates

“Andrea had a wealth of knowledge right at the tip of her fingers. She really knows her stuff! I left her talk feeling very optimistic and excited knowing I would be able to use her suggestions to deal with my own anger.”
—Lisa R., Presentation Attendee

“Dr. Brandt is warm, charming, and a pathfinder in her insights regarding mental healing and well-being. She offers focus points that are always current and that many of us haven’t begun to discover. All this combines to make her an informative and engaging speaker.”
—Caren Kaye, PhD

Books by Andrea Brandt

Product Details

8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness and Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom
Many people often say “yes” to something when they’d rather say “no.” They offer cooperation through words but follow up with how they really feel—in actions that contradict their words. That’s passive-aggression. At its heart, passive-aggression is about being untrue to oneself, which makes it impossible to have a clean relationship with others. Passive-aggression as a communication method doesn’t make someone “bad.” It is simply a strategy learned in childhood as a coping mechanism, a hard-to-break habit. Changing passive-aggressive behavior requires knowledge, tools, and practice, as outlined here.

The book offers effective methods for transforming passive-aggression into healthy assertiveness to communicate in constructive ways through eight keys: Recognize Your Hidden Anger; Reconnect Your Emotions to Your Thoughts; Listen to Your Body; Set Healthy Boundaries; Communicate Assertively; Interact Using Mindfulness; Disable the Enabler; and Problem-Solve for Better Outcomes. Hands-on exercises are featured, enabling readers to better understand themselves.

Product Details

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

“Interspersed with useful exercises, mindfulness techniques, case examples, sample scenarios as well as the author’s real-life experiences . . . this book will help you discover how anger manifests itself in your life and how to use mindfulness to release this anger positively, leading to a kind of self-liberalisation. . . . Useful to those in helping professions like counsellors and psychotherapists . . . . As this book addresses a globally relevant issue, that is, anger, through the use of both Eastern and Western techniques, it becomes a resource that can be used by practitioners from across the world.” (British Journal of Guidance & Counselling)


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