Andrew’s behavioral health interest started in the field. As a client. Since his experience in wilderness, Andrew has travelled the world, worked in the wilderness therapy field, assisted in psychological research at CU, worked for Children’s Hospital of Colorado in their acute inpatient unit, worked in admissions for a group of adolescent therapeutic programs and finally, co-founded a young adult program in Northern Idaho before returning to Denver to open Urban Edge.
Andrew believes in creating a program where clients have room to fail without feeling like they’ve lost themselves. That “ownership” understanding infiltrates the Urban Edge model.
“Every person is capable of change. Part of real change is self-discovery. When detrimental issues and life challenges are addressed, personal characteristics are uncovered, revealing an aware, healthy, solution oriented person.”
Books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, East of Eden, The View from The Center of The Universe, Waking Up, Outlander, Catcher in the Rye, Power of Myth, Zen Mind Beginners Mind, Leaves of Grass, A Walk in the Woods
Music: Lettuce, Tycho, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Cherub, Beach House, The Drums, Paul Simon, STS9, Sam Bush, Schubert, Railroad Earth, Dumpsta Funk, Two Fresh, Karl Denson, Soulive, Al Green, Emancipator, Capital Cities
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our pup, Traveling, Climbing, Hiking, Fly fishing, Seeing live music, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cooking
Quote: “Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it).” – Thomas L. Friedman