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.The more we can know ourselves emotionally, the more we can tap into our underlying needs and inner connection. The connection we have with our core Self, and with other people can be huge resources for surviving emotional struggles. 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 systemic approach known as Internal Family Systems that connects you to different parts of yourself in order to improve your sense of connection within your internal World, which helps create shifts in your connections with people as well.

I am a systemic thinker, which means I look at the context a problem occurs in, and use a holistic approach to work with the issue from multiple perspectives. I believe we are all looking to be free- free to choose how we live our lives, free from persistent emotional challenges, or free from the heaviness of societal expectations. By meeting the parts of you that desire this freedom, learning how to choose an authentic way to express your emotions, and disrupting the cycle of emotional triggers leading to reactive behaviours, we can work together to find freedom. 

I believe mindfulness is fundamental, as increasing awareness of one’s own behavioural patterns can be a driver of personal growth. Mindfulness is an essential tool because it helps to identify issues to work on in counselling, and also serves to empower people to remain in the present, and choose how they want to cope with the cards they’ve been dealt in Life. 

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

I am registered with the BC Association of Clinical counsellors and my Registered Clinical Counsellor 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 Counselling as a modality for your healing and it will be my honour to work with you.

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Locations: Online