Principal Addictions Therapist & Director, Visions
M.A. Couns. Psych. (Bath Spa, UK), CMAT, FDAP UK, APACS & ACA, Accredited Practitioner (Level 4S) Association of Psychotherapists & Counsellors (Singapore) APACS
Andy Leach is a qualified and highly experienced addiction psychotherapist. His initial training was in psychodynamic therapy, and the skills he now employs with his clients are person-centred. He works with an all addictions model and has a passion for helping clients identify and achieve goals for addiction-free lives. Therapeutic techniques that he employs are CBT, the Minnesota Model, DBT, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-informed therapy.
Andy enjoys delivering group therapy as well as individual therapy. He delivers Psycho-education groups as well as Yalom style process groups. In his capacity as Director of Addiction Services for Promises, he will create set up and deliver an Intensive Outpatient Program. Before joining Promises, he was Clinical Lead for the Cabin Group in Asia.
- Substance Use Disorder
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Group Therapy & Individual Therapy
- Gaming Disorder
- Gambling Disorder
- Families affected by Addiction
Certifications and Accreditations
- Master of Arts, Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
- Bachelor of Arts (first class), English and Creative Writing
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, Westminster Pastoral Foundation (UK)
- Certified Master Addiction Therapist (APCB) SA201502233TH
- Advanced Practitioner Member of Addiction Professionals: 2407
- Accredited Practitioner (Level 4S) Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS)
- Certified Member of APACS 050011
- Certified in Professional Supervision (ACA & APACS)
Andy has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for over fifteen years. Previous to joining Promises, he was Clinical Lead Asia for the Cabin Group, based in Chiang Mai Thailand. In this capacity, he set up and delivered Outpatient Programs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney Australia. He was with the Cabin Group, delivering groups and individual therapy, for nine years and has worked with all manner of addictions. At the Cabin, he also set up and delivered the Sex and Intimacy Disorders Track, a Relapse Prevention Program and the Cabin Sober Living House.
Andy has a passion for working in the field of addiction and comes to his area of expertise, not only as a professional of long-standing but also from a personal perspective. He has a deep understanding of the potential for transformation in each and every client. He also enjoys supporting families affected by addiction and works from the perspective that addiction is a family illness. His firm belief is that recovery from addiction should be fulfilling, creative, lift the spirits and most of all, be fun.
Before coming to Thailand, Andy worked for the Royal Mencap Society in the UK, working with adults with Downs Syndrome, Autism, and a wide variety of mental health disorders. He has worked with various charities providing support for the addicted and their families. In addition, he created and staged a theatre production for the UK charity Turning Point with the Outside Edge Theatre Company.
Andy is a sought-after media spokesperson on addiction and has featured on the BBC, CNA and ABC Australia. In 2019 he delivered a roadshow on gaming disorder in the UK and Singapore in schools and to fellow professionals. As part of this, he was interviewed on Channel News Asia. In a previous “incarnation”, Andy was a Film and Television Producer making TV commercials, Pop videos and television programs. He enjoys good literature, photography, cinema and is sometimes a DJ, writer and poet.