‘Black & Gray’ is a hybrid of each partners last name. More than that, it is a statement about how addiction and mental health issues are not simply black and white, but mostly grey.

Atlantic Canada addiction counsellor

Atlantic Canada addiction counsellor

Andrew Blackbird

Andrew resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He works as a care provider for indigenous youth as well as Black & Gray Addiction Support. Graduating with honours in the Counselling Skills Human/Social Services Diploma program at Maritime Business College in 2019, Andrew has enveloped practical knowledge and skills matched with firsthand experience to provide an authentic approach in treating those suffering from addictions.

For the past two and a half years, Andrew has gained experience working at a sober living home with males in recovery, as well as working at a mental health facility as a residential counsellor. He has worked with individuals in a variety of age groups that require treatment for addiction and mental health difficulties.

For the past two and a half years of his own recovery, Andrew likes to focus on balance and attributes that to his ongoing success in his quality of life. While recognizing the value of 12 steps programs and the importance of meetings within the program, Andrew likes to explore alternative ways of recovery. While they can be immensely beneficial, the 12 steps may not be for everyone and Andrew will work with clients to determine their own path in recovery.

Andrews preferred counselling approach includes narrative therapy and motivational interviewing.

Mark Gray

Mark currently lives in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland & Labrador. Attaining honours in the Counselling Skills / Human & Social Services Diploma program at Maritime Business College in Sackville, Nova Scotia, Mark is passionate about bringing hope into the lives of those suffering from substance and behavioural addictions.

Mark’s work experience includes working with shelter populations and working with Inspire Recovery Addiction Counselling, facilitating a Recovery Coaching group and counselling individuals from all walks of life that are suffering from mental health and addiction issues.

As someone who has experienced inpatient treatment and intensive counselling firsthand, Mark has a wealth of resources to assist in self exploration and long-term addiction recovery. He believes in a client-centred, trauma-informed approach, empowering clients to take control of their lives and regain their sense of trust and purpose. Whether clients are ready for complete abstinence, or simply want to improve their quality of life by minimizing the consequences of continued drug use, Mark will stand beside them to celebrate their victories, no matter how small.

Through multiple programming avenues, including, but not limited to, interpersonal relationships, stress management, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and habit development, Mark is confident that clients will be well supported under his care.

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