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Andrew McKenzie, RCC
  Counselling and Consulting

Relationally-Informed Therapy, Based Upon Respect for Your Unique Experience and Development as an Individual

"A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors"

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About

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie comes to his clinical work with insight and knowledge gained through experiences both as an adoptive and birth parent, as well as over a decade of working with at-risk children in the British Columbia public school system.  Andrew provides counselling services through a lens of practice which values and promotes respect for the most genuine parts of the self, through an attuned focus on the therapeutic relationship he forms with clients.  Andrew views mental health through a developmental lens, acknowledging that many forms of current distress or suffering are rooted in past experiences which we often did not have any control over (especially as children).  As a clinician who practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Andrew collaboratively works with clients to identify early memories and experiences which may be causing challenges in current functioning, or preventing personal growth.  Andrew also draws from orientations such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) in the work he does with clients.  Andrew combines all of these modalities through the overarching lens of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), which examines the most developmentally-appropriate order to place various therapeutic elements in.

Andrew McKenzie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC# 16543)

It is a privilege and an honour to live and work in the unceded traditional territories of the Halalt, Lyackson, Meluxulh (Malahat), Puneluxutth’ (Penelakut), Quw’utsun, Stz-uminus, Ts’uubaa-asatx nation, and the traditional keepers of their land

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About

Andrew provides counselling services through a lens of practice which values and promotes respect for the most genuine parts of the self, through an attuned focus on the therapeutic relationship he forms with clients.

As a clinician who practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Andrew collaboratively works with clients to identify early memories and experiences which may be causing challenges in current functioning, or preventing personal growth.  Andrew also draws from orientations such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) in the work he does with clients.  Andrew combines all of these modalities through the overarching lens of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), which examines the most developmentally-appropriate order to place various therapeutic elements in.

Based upon the work of Dr. Bruce Perry, the NMT Metric can be a tool which greatly aids both parents and other providers in compassionately understanding how their children’s brains function.  The Metric provides a map to sequencing therapeutic activities, by first targeting the areas of the brain which need them the most.  This can be greatly beneficial in unifying care teams in their lens and understanding of how best to support a child and family.

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) metric is a semi-structured approach for understanding the brain, based on 20 years of research by Dr. Bruce Perry and his team at the ChildTrauma Academy.  The NMT Metric is being used to assist parents, teachers, clinicians and other professionals to better understand children’s functioning, thereby allowing us to provide developmentally appropriate recommendations for treatment.

 

The process of creating an NMT metric involves interviews with various people in the child’s life, as well as observing them  in different environments in order  to gather information about their current functioning and developmental history.  With this information, NMT clinicians are able to assess current brain functioning, and map out both the adverse experiences and relational health throughout a child’s development, showing how these experiences have likely impacted them.  An interpretation of the NMT metric will then be shared with the child’s parents/ caregivers and anyone else in the child’s life, whom the caregiver would like to have present.  A special debrief of the metric for the child, can be adapted when appropriate, and requested by the caregiver.

Andrew provides NMT consultation services to individuals, schools, and social services agencies across British Columbia.

As a seasoned presenter and workshop facilitator throughout many community and provincial systems of education, social work, health, and mental health, Andrew can work with your team in learning strategies and theory which can help to support our most vulnerable clients.  As a Neurosequential Model (NMT) trainer, Andrew can help to train your staff through a lens of developmental neuroscience, in understanding the impacts of trauma on the human brain, and how we can practice more reflectively to better understand the needs of our clients, co-workers, and ourselves.

Services
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Coverage for Counselling

Direct Billing Through:

 

  • Medavie BLUE CROSS

    • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Member Card Accepted

  • First Nations Health Authority

Reimbursement Coverage:

  • Many employer extended benefits packages cover counselling with a BCACC Registered Clinical Counsellor

Office Location

**RECENT RELOCATION TO DUNCAN, B.C. - ONLINE AND WALKING APPOINTMENTS ONLY CURRENTLY

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