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Mental Health & Addictions Specialist


Andrea Thomson has worked as a registered psychiatric nurse in a variety of settings since 2009. Prior to becoming a nurse, Andrea worked as a mental health proctor and an educational assistant for several years. Andrea’s psychiatric nursing experience includes acute care psychiatric nursing in mental health and addictions, psychiatric emergency room nurse, and mental health nurse educator. Andrea has experience providing individual and group counselling to a wide variety of populations. Areas of expertise include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Suicide Assessment and Intervention. Andrea has volunteer experience providing debriefing services to employees that have experienced critical events while at work. Andrea enjoys a balanced lifestyle including gym and home fitness routines, yoga, mindfulness, reading, crochet, painting, and sewing. She is a lifelong learner and is open to trying new activities and hobbies.

  • Master of Psychiatric Nursing: Clinical Practice, 2017
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, 2009
  • Psychiatric Emergency Room Nurse, 2016-2017
  • Mental Health Nurse Educator, 2014-2016
  • Registered Psychiatric Acute Care Nurse 2009-2015
  • Psychiatric intensive care, addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, forensics, child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Nursing Excellence Award, 2012
  • Research Assistant, 2014
  • Qualitative research affiliated with Brandon University and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
  • Community Mental Health Proctor, 3 years
  • Educational Assistant, 2 years