Meet Andy

Hi, my name is Andy (she/her)

Hello and welcome! My name is Andy and I use she/her pronouns. I have had the great privilege to live and work towards my counselling dreams on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. I hold a Masters of Counselling degree from The University of Victoria and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have more than 6 years of
front-line experience working in the mental health field in low-barrier supportive housing, youth care homes, harm-reduction services, and outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment programs.

My experiences have led me to practice from a holistic perspective and to see the challenges many of us encounter as multidimensional, as well as the ways we can work towards finding relief from these personal and societal difficulties. My hope is to support those seeking to understand themselves more deeply and wanting a safe container to explore feelings, thoughts,
and experiences that have perhaps been difficult to express with others. The road to self-discovery and healing can feel daunting and lonely at times; I endeavor to walk alongside you with compassion, curiosity, and encouragement as you start to take steps towards healing what
has been keeping you feeling “stuck”. In our work together, I seek to empower you to find what it feels like to be your most resonant, truest Self.

My process is collaborative, experiential, and trauma-informed. Most importantly, I value the process of coming together in a way that honours you as the expert on how you experience life. To complement your expertise, I will bring in knowledge and perspective about various tools that could help you navigate the challenges you are dealing with. Together we are a team, in that we each hold an important piece of the puzzle of how to support you. My style in the therapy room is both gentle and active. I strongly believe in focusing on strengthening the mind-body connection by moving beyond just talking about our challenges in an intellectual way to being able to practice embodying the full spectrum of your emotions and experiences. Building this
awareness and capacity often leads us to feeling more whole and able to tolerate life’s ups and downs with more finesse. 

The therapeutic approaches that I use include EMDR (Eye-Movement
Desensitization Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems), Mindful Self-Compassion, and Inner Child work. 

Vancouver-counsellor

Part of my background is my identity as an immigrant from Namibia/South Africa and my experiences navigating challenges of settling with my family in British Columbia as a child and adolescent, straddling multiple cultural identities, and intergenerational trauma. I am especially passionate about creating a space for anyone that is wanting to explore difficulties with cultural identity and belonging. At my core I am someone who is deeply sensitive and loves to laugh and play.

 

I am a dancer and a huge fan of moving my body in any way, whether that’s doing yoga, going for a hike with my dog, swimming or paddling!

If you find yourself resonating with what you’ve learned about me so far, I invite you to book a
free 15-minute phone or video consultation to see if it’s a good fit for both of us to work together!

Education & Training

  • Bachelors Degree (BA) in Psychology from the University of Victoria
  • Masters of Counselling Psychology (MA) from the University of Victoria
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDRIA Training
  • Indigenous Healing Approaches for Substance-Use Treatment
 
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