Andrew has over 30 years of experience working in the helping professions.Andrew moved to the Comox Valley in 1992 to develop and operate a therapeutic residential program for at risk youth. As his work expanded to include the families of the youth placed in his programs he began working in partnership with local agencies and other involved community members.
Andrew joined Pacific Therapy & Consulting Inc. in 1999 and moved to working full time in the organization in 2001. Since then Andrew has been providing counseling and therapy services to children, youth, families, adults and couples.
Andrew is an EMDR trained therapist and he provides counselling and therapy to youth, families, adults and couples. Andrew's services are available privately and through employee assistance plans, extended health plans, ICBC, WSBC and other benefit sources. Andrew provides support to individuals, couples and families with a wide range of issues including stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting, behavioural issues with children, grief/loss, communication and conflict resolution concerns.
Andrew also has training and experience in Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management. Andrew is able to support individual's returning to work after an injury and/or individual's who are experiencing difficulties that are impacting their ability to work.
Andrew has an undergraduate degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and a graduate degree from the University of Victoria. He is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, and brief solution focused therapies. All of theses approaches inform the work that he does. Andrew's work is client centered, collaborative and he has a fairly direct style. Andrew is committed to ongoing training and education and he completes additional training on a regular basis.
Andrew lives with his wife and 3 children in the Comox Valley. He can often be seen riding his bike to and from work each day and taking advantage of the many recreational opportunities the Valley has to offer with his family.