Pragmatic, relatable and highly experienced
As the Director & Principal Psychologist in Clinical Practice, Andrew has particular interest, high levels of training and, extensive experience in the areas of stress, burnout, complex trauma and PTSD (including supporting front line emergency personnel and ADF members).
He is particularly passionate about supporting those that tirelessly support others and Andrew has assisted numerous Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Mental Health Social Workers and Doctor’s (from students to interns to GP’s).
His experience as an ex clinical mental health nurse, that was responsible for the nursing and client management on one of the most acute mental health units in SA, helps him with a deep and personal understanding of roles, demands and the challenges of juggling clinical workplace and personal issues.
He is also an exceptional trainer for employees and organisations in the areas of workplace mental health, dealing with stress and burnout and developing wellbeing. His caring, intuitive and down to earth manner enables insightful and tailored approaches to his clinical work and workplace training.
After initially serving 8 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, Andrew finalized his studies in general and mental health nursing. He embarked upon a career as a clinical mental health nurse which included supporting Australian Defence Force members, as a mental health nursing officer (FLTLT), before making the switch to that of a Psychologist. Andrew’s 20+ years of clinical experience and practice have been in the acute mental health and wellbeing field.
Andrew has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, Honours in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Adelaide.
Andrew’s 7 year’s of formal study and training in Psychology and Clinical Hypnotherapy allowed him to develop further treatment modalities and deepen his understanding of people’s experiences. Andrew draws upon many evidence-based therapies including Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) and Mindfulness and utilises Clinical Hypnotherapy, at times, to augment these approaches.
He has since focused his post graduate training and ongoing professional development, largely in the areas of trauma treatment that includes being trained by Bessel van der Kolk and several other leading experts in Australia and beyond.
For a tour of the cottage and brief introduction from Andrew please click on the link.
Andrew has his own trauma story and, as such, has a deep understanding of the effects that complex trauma and PTSD can have in navigating life and work challenges. This, combined with his warm, relatable and pragmatic approach helps clients to quickly feel at ease, focus on the key issues at hand and, develop strategies to assist to move forward.
At Your Calmer Mind, we strive to achieve as strong a fit between client needs and Andrew’s skills, experience and particular interests as possible. When this occurs, there is often greatly improved therapeutic, coaching, or consultancy experiences and outcomes. If you would like to see Andrew please complete the relevant pro forma.
We will be in contact as soon as we can to determine goodness of fit, usually within 48 hours.
“It all comes back to our nervous system, how we interpret perceived or real threats, how we survive, respond and then how we further adapt over time” – Andrew Grant.