TherapistMS – Masters in Counseling
LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL)
CADC – Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IL)
Andy’s career in the behavioral health field began in 2001, and he became a licensed counselor in 2011. He has over 15 years direct experience providing therapy in both group and individual settings. During his decades in behavioral health, he has worked as a therapist, substance abuse counselor, crisis intervention specialist, done short-term counseling in a medical care setting, worked extensively with serious mental illness, and managed and developed treatment programs. He has a lot of experience helping children, adolescents and adults.
Andy has his Masters in Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. Completed a year of internship and 2 years post-graduate, supervised experience at a community mental health center. Has a certificate in PTSD treatment for Veterans.
To Andy a judgement free zone is essential, where people are free to face their lives and the world in an open and supportive way. He uses a balance of acceptance and change based strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, person-centered counseling, mindfulness-based therapies, and play-based and behavioral and emotional management help for children and families. He is in training to become a registered play therapist.
Andy loves outdoor activities like fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing. His favorite places to camp are in the wilderness areas of northern Minnesota and Michigan. Around the house, he enjoys gardening and horticulture, nature walks, reading and writing, and time with his wife and 3 children.