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Andrew Eppich is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) who has been in the field of social services since 1990 when he started his career by working in the  foster care system for Hillside Children’s Center in Syracuse, New York.  Andrew completed his Masters degree at Syracuse University School of Social Work in 1995.

He then moved to San Diego, California where he had extensive experience working with HIV/AIDS issues at UCSD’s Owen Clinic. While working there he was approached by San Diego Hospice for contract work as one of their social workers where he gained expertise in the area of end of life care, bereavement, and issues of grief.   At Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, he specialized in addictions counseling, behavior modification, and helped to coordinate community resources, support groups, and individual and family therapy. While working at these positions, Andrew also completed his internship at D.J.D. and Associates, a private practice where he ran early recovery groups, individual, and couples counseling.

Andrew returned to the east coast in the fall of 2002 (he missed the snow)and began work at Braddock Hospital in the Living Sober program. There, he also did work with addiction issues for both individuals and family support groups.  From here, Andrew was offered a position with Family Hospice and Palliative Care where he worked as a social worker for ten years.  He provided clients and their families various types of grief counseling and also helped  prepare them to understand and learn how to  cope with anticipatory grief issues as well as assist them with various community resources.

Andrew was a therapist for Sunlight of the Spirit (S.O.S.), facilitated a family support group, provided individual and family addictions counseling and provided bereavement counseling to those families who lost a loved one to addiction.

Each experience has provided Andrew with the opportunity for professional as well as personal growth.  He maintains the conviction that change is possible for all people, regardless of the adversity they face.

Though not a native to Pittsburgh, Andrew has set down roots here.  He now calls Pittsburgh home.