Dothan City Schools Welcomes Mental Health Services Coordinator
Meet Andrea Zavitz, Dothan City Schools’ Mental Health Services Coordinator. This position was provided through a grant applied for by Dothan City Schools through ALSDE. She will be working to coordinate mental health, crisis teams, guidance counseling, and anti-bullying services already in place in our schools to streamline them for best efficiency and support for students.
Mrs. Zavitz began counseling in 2009. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and a National Certified Counselor. Andrea Zavitz has earned two Master of Science degrees, her first, in Professional Counseling and her second, in Business Administration.
Mrs. Zavitz was an exceptional student services education teacher in Hillsborough County, one of the largest school districts in the U.S., and also an adjunct professor for South University in Tampa, FL. She started and ran a home school in the U.S. Virgin Islands for grades 1-9.
She moved to Dothan in 2013. She was as an inpatient counselor for Southeast Health for four years. Andrea Zavitz helped create and design their outpatient mental health program. She is a guest presenter for organizations including the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Wiregrass Substance Abuse Partnership, the Department of Health, the Department of Human Resources, and Bureau of Federal Prisons. She is also a Disaster Mental Health volunteer with the American Red Cross. She was deployed to Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017 and worked as the Mental Health Supervisor for the largest shelter in the Houston area. Andrea also is the Employee Assistance Program contract manager and provider for Southeast Health and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Mrs. Zavitz privately practiced since 2014 in the Wiregrass area for ages 2 and up. She is trained in evidence-based therapies and techniques. She specializes in anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, behavioral issues, autism, anger management, ADHD, and infant mental health. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Sandplay, Art, and Play Therapy. She is one of the only therapists in Southeast Alabama that is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP).