Background + beyond

Jools Andrés

BA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Counselling

Jools Andrés earned a BA degree in depth psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 1995. Her psychology studies included a strong focus on myth, world religions and their cultural contexts, and feminist epistemology, with a thesis on the creative process. Antioch University has been an outstanding educational leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for many decades.

As part of her degree program Jools participated in a 15-month clinically supervised counselling practicum at Crisis Connections in Seattle and continued working under supervision for several more years as she established her own psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, BC. She later earned certifications in expressive play and sandplay therapy. She has worked professionally within interdisciplinary group clinical practices and privately contracts with agencies such as YWCA, MCFD, and WCB.

Yoga Therapy | Somatic Awareness

Jools completed a two-year diploma in Yoga Therapy and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Studies included internship at a busy clinic in Chennai, India in 2018 and her practicum work focused on yoga therapy applications for general anxiety disorder, burnout, and systemic conditions such as arthritis / RA, FMS, and MS.*

Tandem to these studies, Jools taught trauma-informed therapeutic yoga programs at several women’s centres in Surrey and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, both as a volunteer and as a contractor.

A long-time (20+ years) yoga practitioner and senior teacher (E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance) with over 12 years of teaching experience in several styles, Jools uses her solid foundations in depth psychology and yoga therapy to bring a truly bio-psycho-social approach to her work.

* rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis 

Experience-based knowledge

Jools has accumulated several decades of first-hand experience in endurance running, strength training, aerobics, and racket sports, as well as teaching certifications in Ashtanga Primary Series - one of physical yoga's most rigorous forms - and its near-opposite, Restorative Yoga. Additional specialized studies in Back Care and Pain Care have equipped her to work knowledgeably with clients toward a broad range of physical health and fitness goals.

As part of her ongoing commitment to continuous learning - and to explore movement outside of the realm of yoga - she has also participated in Feldenkrais, Pilates, Aikido, Tai Chi, Tensegrity, and freeform dance, each for one or more years, and attended trainings in Hanna Somatics, Trauma-informed Yoga, Kinesis, and Adaptive Yoga for those with mobility restriction or in wheelchairs. She has participated in meditation courses and retreats exploring various styles and continues a personal practice to refine her teaching of meditation and breath techniques.

Jools has accumulated 300+ formal study hours in Anatomy and Physiology and continues to study these subjects as expert knowledge grows.

Jools is known among her peers as highly skilled in her own physical practice and for her knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to movement and therapeutic approaches.

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A professional writer, editor, and journalist with over three decades of experience, Jools values accurate information and clear, honest communication.

She is a musician, grandmother, and avid gardener and lives in East Vancouver. She currently volunteers for Downtown Eastside women's agencies and BC's Emergency Support Services.


Land acknowledgment 

Interplay Health Sciences gratefully operates from the unceded ancestral Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Interplay Health Sciences / Jools Andrés supports the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.