Andrew is originally from Portland, Maine. He has spent most of his life in North Carolina, most recently in Asheville. He then traded the southern Appalachian Mountains for the southern Cascades in Oregon to be part of the Dragonfly team.
Andrew holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a National Certified Counselor.
As a therapist, Andrew utilizes a person-centered approach that is warm and engaging. He engages clients primarily using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or simply “Act” as it is frequently called). ACT is a third wave behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and uses mindfulness and behavior-change strategies to assist clients in developing more meaningful and value-driven lives even in the presence of discomfort. In addition to ACT, he is also proficient in the use of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Previously, Andrew has worked in a therapeutic wilderness program, community mental health settings, and in private practice. In his wilderness position, he had several roles including clinician, group/workshop facilitator, and event coordinator. In his community agency setting, Andrew served as the agency liaison who worked with the local Department of Juvenile Justice, ensuring all outpatient clinical needs were being met. Additionally, he has worked as the clinical lead for both an intensive in-home team and a middle school day treatment program.
In his personal life, Andrew has many interests and hobbies that include reading and writing, hiking and backpacking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and frequent motorcycle rides through the mountains.