Andrew Phillipps

Andrew Phillipps

My goal is to provide a warm, accepting and calm space for clients to mindfully explore their challenges with life in a secure, non-judgemental environment. Change occurs when an individual feels secure enough within an accepting relationship to explore their feelings, and move past emotional issues that may prevent them from living authentically. The human condition is fraught with challenges and it can be agonizing to carry your burdens alone. I believe it is my calling to help people journey through life in a way that alleviates burdens and reduces the sense of isolation. I use a person-centered and systemic approach known as Internal Family Systems that connects you to different parts of yourself in order to improve the intrapsychic as well as interpersonal connection.

I also incorporate a mindfulness approach, as I believe increasing awareness of one’s own behavioural patterns is a driver of personal transformation. Mindfulness is an essential tool because it helps to identify issues to work on in counseling, and also serves as a tool to empower people to remain in the present even when something from the past is triggering, or something from the future is anxiety-provoking.

Another unique element to my practice is the incorporation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it emphasizes seeking balance in all things. Emotional issues arise due to imbalances within the psyche, and mindfulness helps to identify these imbalances, as well as any maladaptive behavioural patterns. Traditional Chinese Medicine has given me insight into Eastern, collectivist thought, which helps me to understand different client worldviews.  

I have a Master's of Arts degree in counseling Psychology from Yorkville University, have completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, as well as the ASIST suicide intervention course.  I have 6 years' experience as a support worker caring for mentally challenged clients.

I am registered with the BC Association of Clinical counselors and my Registered Clinical Counselor designation allows those with third-party insurance subsidizing RCC rates to have part or all my fees covered.

I aim to use interventions and design a treatment approach that is tailored specifically to you. No matter who you are and where you come from, my therapeutic practice will ensure that you feel seen, heard and understood. I commend you for taking this step and choosing counseling as a modality for your healing and it will be my honour to work with you.

Andrew works with a variety of modalities, including:
- Depression counseling
- Anxiety counseling
- Trauma and PTSD therapy
- Couples counseling
- Addiction counseling
- Grief and Loss therapy
- Alcohol and substance use
- Anger management therapy
- Family counseling
- Life transitions counseling
- counseling for men's issues
- Stress therapy
- Self-esteem counseling
- counseling those with Intellectual disability
- Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Neurofeedback
- Virtual counseling

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