Hello, I’m Amy and I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. This means I am a degreed counselor who is provisionally licensed with the state of Florida and working toward full licensure.
I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I later received my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky as my heart continued to pull me to the purposeful and meaningful work in the counseling profession. During my master’s program, I was a member of Chi Sigma Iota which is an honor society for academic excellence in counseling.
In addition to my education, I have further training in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (level 1) and the well-known and well-respected Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach (level 1 and 2). I also integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy into my work with couples. I look at patterns of interaction, negative cycles between partners, and emotional disconnection while we focus on creating a secure and safe bond between partners. I gently challenge when needed and I work from a strengths-based and positive perspective utilizing Attachment theory, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
My professional experience includes working with individuals and couples with diverse concerns which include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, marital issues, grief, life transitions, and all forms of loss. I am a warm, compassionate, empathetic, and understanding person and I view therapy as a collaborative process that is grounded in a safe, accepting, and professional therapeutic partnership. Collaboration on your goals for counseling is important so that your voice is heard and that you feel empowered in your life. My goal as a counselor is to create a safe, accepting, and inclusive space so that I may support you in your journey towards self-discovery, growth, and healing.