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Local counselor celebrates 30 years of serving the Sheridan community
Sheridan, WY (COTTONWOOD CLINIC) November 12, 2004.
Most people willingly go to the doctor if they break their leg, says counselor Bruce Andrews, who has been working in Sheridan for 30 years. â€œHowever, there remains an uncertainty for some about mental health challenges or concerns that leads many people to avoid using mental health services.
It is normal for a broken heart to be as much a challenge as a broken leg, Andrews says. This is a guiding philosophy for Andrews' local practice, a part of the Cottonwood Clinic. He believes mental health is just as normal a part of living as physical health and strives for his clients and community members to become comfortable with that fact. He sees people as capable of healing, strengthening, and growing, sometimes with an assist. Leading form this point is his view that one of the major goals of therapy is to leave therapy, rather than becoming dependent upon it.
Andrews reiterates, while some are comfortable with the normalcy of therapy, others are not. Therefore, he maintains strict confidentiality regarding all his clients. In other words, some people are not shy about participating in therapy and may even tell their friends how helpful it is while others need total privacy.
Andrews came to Sheridan in 1974 to join Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center where he worked until November of 2002. In February of 2003, he began providing mental health services as part of the Cottonwood Clinic.
Andrews graduated from Laramie High School in 1962 and the University of Wyoming in 1967. He spent two years in the Army before earning his MS in Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University September 1972. He then worked for two years in medium and maximum-security prisons of the Ohio Youth Commission before moving to Sheridan.
Andrews is a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and its Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors. His memberships include the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, North American Association of Masters In Psychology, and the Vietnam Veterans of America (Life Member).
He and his wife, Jo Lynn, have two adult children, Amy and Doug.