I received her BA in psychology from Maryville College in 2006m and will be pursuing her Master’s degree and licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands beginning in July 2019. She has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field and has training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Crisis Prevention, and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Amy has worked closely with licensed psychiatrists and therapists in acute care and residential settings where she worked with individuals with bipolar, depression, anxiety, PTSD, Personality Disorders, and addiction.
My decision to enter the counseling profession has been inspired by a few different life experiences. First, I grew up with some extended family members suffering from mental illness. I watched them as they tried to manage their symptoms, sometimes unsuccessfully. This was due to either being afraid to seek help or for financial reasons and a lack of resources. As I grew older, I wanted to understand their thought processes and associated behaviors. I found myself thirsty for knowledge of mental health issues and a desire to help those diagnosed with them.
Thus, my decision to enter the field with my Bachelor’s degree was a personal one. I received a solid foundation in psychology while earning my education. I gained a basic understanding of the fundamental reasons why people do what they do, their motivations, and how the brain receives and interprets experiences. I also learned how sometimes one’s genetics and personal experiences can affect these interpretations of the world around them. This, in turn, can lead to the development of mental illness and its symptoms.
Once I joined the workforce in the field I gained a much broader understanding of mental illness and how differently it presents in individuals. In my first job, I worked in an acute care facility where I provided direct care to individuals with everything from un-medicated schizophrenia and bipolar to depression and anxiety. I learned that while medication definitely has a place in the treatment plan, the importance of a two-prong treatment cannot be overstated. Medication and therapy combined is the best course of action if individuals were to be able to lead a productive life.
In my second career experience, the clients were no longer in crisis and therapy was the focus. The clients were women struggling with such things as major depression, anxiety, and personality disorders that were exacerbated by major life changes. While some did suffer from alcohol and drug addiction, the program addressed the underlying issues. I observed the therapists guide and support our clients through various interventions and became inspired by the changes I saw in the clients’ behaviors and outlooks on their futures. I decided that I want to do the same thing by gaining more knowledge and treatment in these various interventions that I witnessed being implemented. I wanted to help individuals in their journey of management of symptoms and general well-being. I want to help individuals succeed in their own personal therapeutic goals.
I wish to serve anyone that needs help. From the client that has difficulty functioning in their daily lives to a person that is struggling to move on and accept various major life changes such as divorce, chronic illness, and death. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find support and guidance from an experienced and properly trained professional when they make the decision to seek help.
- Addiction Issues
- Chronic Illness (Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual)
- Family & Couples Conflict
- General Life Skills
- Generalized Depression
- Generalized & Social Anxiety
- Personality Disorders