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I’m Andrea Ramsay Speers, and I am no longer a child.

But I remember what it felt like to be a child, and to feel there was no possible way my parents could understand the angst and drama of my life.

As a parent myself, I now understand how easy it is for the message of love to not get through the volumes of life lessons and discipline that I feel responsible for sharing with my own children.  And I realize how important it is to take care of not only my children, but also my marriage and my own mental health.

Using my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and my experience as a psychotherapist and marriage expert, I work with my clients to design their families so that the lessons and the discipline are shared and received, and the message of love and concern are also received…to and from both parents and kids. I teach my clients how to communicate effectively with their families, without alienating them or pushing them away, empowering them as parents and spouses, and allowing them to feel confident in handling even the stickiest of family challenges.

How Did I Get Into This Kind of Work?
Why Am I So Passionate About Working With Parents?

On Sept. 11/01, I was on a bus tour of Europe with my husband; a number of New Yorkers were also on that trip. It was a shocking and terrifying thing to see the world change in front of you…while you’re on vacation, no less. When we got home, I happened to catch an Oprah show about how to talk with your kids about what had happened, because so many of the kids interviewed were so distressed and so upset, and their parents just didn’t know how to help them. I realized in that moment that what I wanted to do was to become a parenting expert and work with parents who wanted to do right by their kids, but sometimes just didn’t know what that was. 

Where Else Might You Have Seen Me?

  • quoted in major media sources, including The Globe and Mail, Today's Parent magazine, Women's World Weekly magazine, Oakville Today, FoxBusiness.com, MSNBC.com, iVillage.com
  • former parenting expert for “Your Family” segment on TVCogeco‘s show Your Lifestyle
  • former author of a monthly article on parenting issues called “Family Life,” for the web site Life With Kids.
  • formerly the parenting expert for Oak Park Moms and Tots, hosting a Q&A forum for parenting questions, serving parents of children up to age six.
  • one of the Parent Educators for Invest in Kids’ pilot project The Parenting Partnership, which is a comprehensive parenting program designed for first time parents, from prenatal through to their child’s second year.
  • host of workshops for groups ranging from PTA’s to churches to local service groups.I love my work because I firmly believe that  parenting matters — kids really do want and need parental guidance and support, even when it seems like they don’t

It's never too late to have a happy family.

Ready to enjoy being home again?

Contact the Oakville Family Institute office at (905) 491-6949 and book an appointment to talk about what’s driving you crazy at home. Appointments are booked for a time that’s good for you – day or evening. Let Andrea Ramsay Speers help you through her parenting expert and counselling services.

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