ʔukłaasiš ʔimsča Hist’t’ukk shitls Ahousaht Hist’t’ukk shitls Nuučaan̓uł Isaak camis čuu ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo.
My traditional name is Imscha, and my given name is Keenan Andrew – I come from the Ahousaht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people on my mother’s side, and I am of Scottish and Irish descent on my father’s side.
Humbly, I acknowledge the K’ómoks First Nation as well as the kʷakʷəkʲəʔwakʷ and Coast Salish peoples whose lands I occupy. Further, I would like to acknowledge the Ayajuthem, Pentlatch, and Kwak̓wala speaking peoples whose lands I live, learn, work, and raise my family on. I look forward to working together to support your wellness and help create meaningful change together. Gilakas’la & ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a MA in Child and Youth Care – Counselling Specialization. My experience ranges from working with children, youth, adults and families in a community setting to post-secondary Indigenous students where I provide psycho-education, individual counselling, and group counselling to my practice. I have also supported parent groups, Indigenous and non-Indigenous men’s groups, and wellness groups.
My practice is from a Two-Eyed Seeing Framework that is based on both western modalities such as narrative therapy, trauma-informed counselling, mindfulness, trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT), and culturally responsive holistic approaches like somatic-based therapy and storying as a framework. Importantly, I work from an Indigenous framework that honours traditional Elders teachings, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.
I work from a Two-Eyed Seeing Framework that is based on both western modalities and culturally responsive holistic approaches:
- Narrative Therapy
- Mindfulness (Indigenous and Western practices)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Somatic Experiencing and Storying
- Elders and Knowledge Keepers teachings
- Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being
- Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) – Membership number: 18930
- Master of Arts Program – School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
- Supported the Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre, as a practicum student as an Intern Counsellor who completed 100 supervised hours for Registered Clinical Counsellor requirements. Provided community-based mental health services to children, youth, and families through psycho-education, parent support group, and individual counselling
- Bachelor of Arts; Indigenous specialization – School of Child & Youth Care, University of Victoria
- Community, Family and Child Studies Diploma – Camosun College
- Community Support and Education Assistant Certificate – Camosun College