Andrew Engstrom Biography

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Qualifications & Experience

I received my BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and later returned to SPU to earn my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also became certified through SPU to practice MDFT (a holistic approach to counseling treatment), and I am fully qualified to use the PREPARE/ENRICH tools in pre-marital and marital counseling. During my Masters training, I worked as Residence Life Advisor for one of the four residence halls at SPU; in this position, I acted as informal counselor and mentor to many students. In my therapeutic experience, I have worked as a mental health counselor to addicts and alcoholics; worked as a therapeutic team leader; and counseled children, teens and their families in a variety of contexts.

My Development as a Christian Marriage Counselor

I have been drawn to counseling all my life. At age ten, I discovered that some people make a career out of working with marriages—and at that moment, something in me clicked. When I read the phrase “Marriage and Family Therapy” in a course during my first year at SPU, I knew that I had found my calling. At the same time, I felt the strong desire to serve in a specifically Christian context. My current position at Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC suits my personality and calling so closely that I sometimes feel as though I am “getting away with something” by practicing therapy for a living.

More About Me

I spent the first years of my life in rural Montana before moving to a small town in Oregon with my two sisters and both parents. My family on both sides has a history in the ministry, as well as a love for family. I met my wife while I was at graduate school, and we have been married for almost four years now. We are looking forward to raising a family together in the future. I love storytelling, listening to music, taking on home improvement projects, and spending time in nature.