Monique Andrews is the founder of A Step Forward Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She is a licensed professional counselor and brings a holistic approach to therapy, as well as, to the various trainings/presentations she provides in the community. She works diligently to provide effective interactive presentations to engage the audience. She combines modern research with old age wisdom and tradition to create an environment to nurture the mind, body, and soul. She has worked in diverse settings including schools, counseling centers, hospitals, community centers, military installations, and corrections. She enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and snorkeling! But nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in someone’s life as a therapist and trainer.
Monique began her journey in helping others back in 2000 at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility (GSYCF) in New Jersey. There she worked for three years as a substance abuse counselor providing services to inmates battling addiction. In 2003 Monique moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where she took a position at Interior Aids Association as a Chemical Dependency Counselor working with individuals struggling with Opioid Addiction.
Monique has been an Alaska Army National Guard Soldier since 2006 where she has worked as a Victim Advocate, Master Resiliency Trainer, Suicide Prevention Specialist, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, and a Resilience and Risk Reduction Program Coordinator. She is currently a member of Alaska's Statewide Suicide Prevention Council and the Alaska Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
Monique received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She went on to receive her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. Monique is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor by the state of Alaska and certified Victim Advocate through the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program.