Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Andrew grew up in a francophone neighbourhood and was raised by Chinese immigrant parents. He studied psychology at the University of Ottawa, then spent a year in a full-time evangelistic position in Montreal, speaking with students in both English and French about spiritual matters. During that time in Montreal, Andrew began to see counselling work through a lens of helping to bring greater restoration to people. Andrew felt a call to study counselling at Tyndale Seminary, and the Christian influences in his training and subsequent internship also led him to recognize the importance of how people saw their identity as a major factor in the counselling process. Andrew is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), but also incorporates elements from other models in his work.
In his spare time, Andrew is passionate about languages and linguistics, having dabbled in Spanish in high school, grown up speaking Mandarin Chinese at home, and actively studied Japanese since 2014. He is always listening to music and has been a drummer in various church worship music teams for over 10 years. Andrew is also a proud nerd who enjoys engaging in board games and Japanese anime culture.