Andree graduated from the University of Victoria in 2011 receiving her Diploma in Humanities, with emphasis on Counselling and minor studies in World Religions. Andree is a practising counsellor and is presently working on being certified with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
Andree dedicates herself to supporting and assisting individuals and couples in short term resolutions, helping individuals to reconnect with themselves and others. She is passionate about guiding individuals to reach their personal goals and dreams. Andree integrates the concepts of cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused and solution-based brief therapy when dealing with concerns such as; anxiety, loss, grief, self-esteem, stress, anger, relationship and family concerns.
In addition to her counselling practise Andree is active within her community by supporting and raising awareness for different organizations. She has been an organizer and administrator for local and international retreats within her faith community for the past thirteen years. She also volunteers for both Vancouver Island, and the Royal Jubilee Hospitals offering spiritual care for end of life support to family and patients, as well as spiritual care for acute and trauma patients.
FAMILY AND HISTORY
Andree was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England, immigrated to Canada in 1966 at the age of eleven. The family returned to England when Andree was seventeen. While there, she worked for a news agent and sewed for Mother Care, a children’s clothing line. She belonged to a playgoers theatre and helped build their family home, after which she returned to Canada.
Andree is one of nine daughters, has been married for thirty-eight years and has two amazing daughters. Coming from a large family, has afforded Andree the ability to experience many different types of personalities. She is a strong believer that everyone has their own way of being in the world and has the right to express that, as long as they allow others to do the same. Her family and her faith are what keeps her grounded and makes it possible for her to juggle all that she does within her life.
Professionally, Andree has been fortunate to work in both the government and private sectors. From here in the past fifteen years there were a number of career opportunities which presented themselves. Andree ran and operated her own business as a seamstress for four years. Later she and her husband travelled and came home to partnership and create a new company which they ran together for six years. This business afforded Andree to complete her education and upon her completion they both felt it was time to fulfill their passions. Andree’s husband opened a doggie daycare, and Andree began her private practise.
Andree has always been one to volunteer. Volunteering for Victoria Hospice for eighteen months was an incredible experience and still does holds a special place for Andree. While there Andree co-introduced a highly successful program into the high school curriculum called “Helping Hands”. This program gave the students an opportunity to give practical assistance to families dealing with cancer.
Other areas of volunteering; chair of the P.A.C. of Lansdowne Junior High school for three years. She also worked as a teaching assistant for disabled children at Arbutus Children’s Hospital, and ran a support group for parents of children with health issues for one year at the Victoria General Hospital. Andree continues to sharpen her skills by continued education.
Andree’s passions are her faith, family, friends, swimming, music, dancing, reading, sewing , gardening. Her driving force is always to be of service, when and where possible, it is what feeds her.