Andrew Herfst, MA, RCC
& Clinical Counsellor
Andrew Herfst is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Andrew’s clinical focus includes trauma, grief / loss, and stress management, as well as relationships, career, and personal development. He has provided individual / crisis / career counselling services and has facilitated psychoeducational / process groups in higher-education settings. He has training in trauma counselling, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and group psychotherapy. Andrew also has a professional background in historical and litigation research in the area of genocide and transgenerational trauma.
Andrew has a strong interest in workplace mental health, particularly as it applies to first responders, medical professionals, and other high-stress occupations. He has completed training in first responder trauma and resilience, and is endorsed as a culturally competent clinician by the British Columbia Professional Firefighters Association (BCPFFA). He has worked with groups of medical students and medical residents addressing issues like stress, burnout, moral injury, and self-care, and he has served a supporting role in therapeutic enactment groups for military veterans. Andrew is in the process of completing his certification in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Andrew has a decade of experience using mindfulness, meditation, and movement to cope with anxiety and depression, raise mood, and enhance self-awareness. His graduate research investigated the skill of being mindfully detached from difficult experiences in a healthy way. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with training in trauma-informed yoga. Andrew’s core values as a therapist are exemplified in his efforts to support and collaborate with clients as they heal, gather strength, and discover solutions. His hope is to empower clients to find peace, renewal, and balance in their lives.
Andrew has been a Counselling Associate & Workplace Consultant with Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. & Associates since 2017. He offers counselling via telehealth (remote videoconference), as well as at two offices: Mainland Medical Clinic, 1061 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC; and, Suite 708 – 1155 West Pender Street, Vancouver BC.