Licensed Professional Counselor
Experienced Clinical Therapist with a demonstrated history in mental health. Skilled in Education, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, Case Management, and Life Transitions.
After completing a Bachelor’s in History and Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at USC in Los Angeles, Amy taught history for several years at Hays C.I.S.D. Alternative School and special education at Westlake High School. She also worked eleven years in Eanes and AISD as a school counselor, so she understands the school system and how to negotiate the world of special education and 504.
Amy earned a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance at Texas State University. Licensed as a Professional Counselor in 2000, she has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. She specializes in ADHD, fertility, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and substance abuse issues. Her clinical experience includes St. David’s Pavilion, Travis County’s Parents In Recovery, and Mental Health Assessor for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. She is EMDR trained and is currently working on EMDR certification.
Amy’s Approach & Values
Broadly used diagnostic terms like ADHD need to be understood in the context of a client’s unique learning profile. Labels are reductionist and create confusion for students and adults. Each person is individual and brings with them a unique set of strengths and challenges. Amy prides herself on helping clients translate their labels to specific experiences and customizable solutions.
Clients are included in the majority of discussions where Amy clearly defines the client’s unique strengths and challenges in comprehensible terms. Sharing her findings in age-appropriate terms is often a relief to clients who have historically been identified by and attuned to the more frustrating, challenging aspects of their learning profiles.
While understanding their own neurology is critical, it is not enough to help a client adapt and flourish. Amy helps the client find practical, customized strategies to help optimize each client’s life. Interventions can be tried on for size and revisited until success and solutions are achieved.
When treating school-aged students, Amy will meet with parents and help them understand the way their child learns and how best to implement strategies to optimize their education. When working with adults, Amy will meet with spouses to help them build better relationships through education and communication.
Post-evaluation meetings are arranged with parents of school-aged children. Amy is also willing to talk with schools and colleges to address questions and concerns. She is happy to discuss recommendations and accommodations with school personnel in person or via remote technology. Many families choose to continue working with Amy on an ongoing basis.
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