Hi, I am Amy, and I have been working therapeutically with children, adolescents, families, and adults for the past five years. I have found that when we can pay attention, on purpose, to our surroundings and ourselves, we can recognize opportunities to acknowledge our emotions and choose how we respond to our environments. I have maintained a daily practice of mindfulness for four years, and incorporate mindful awareness in my practice with others to pierce the callousness of old wounds, and uncover the resilience that lies beneath.
I respect and honor people from all walks of life. I am deeply committed to social equality and justice for all, and as such, am an ally to and welcome anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religious practice, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity, or disabilities.
My educational background includes a MA in Counseling Psychology from LIOS of Saybrook University in Seattle, WA and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy. I have studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, and Somatic Experiencing.
I find great joy in spending time outside, walking in the woods, gardening, reading, live music, and baking.
what is mindfulness?
Put simply, Mindfulness is observing, on purpose, the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness is meeting each moment as it arises, and attending to our experience. Easy to say, and much more difficult to practice. In our culture, constantly doing is seen as a valuable quality. We are told to never stop “doing”. Fear of missing out on events becomes an exhausting, never-ending chase. Lines between work and life balance are blurred. School can overwhelm many and lead to thoughts of self-doubt. For many of us, over-extending ourselves at the cost of diminished physical and mental health is seen as a sign of care. Mindfulness is the practice of slowing down and attuning to what is happening in our bodies, our minds, our emotions, and our world. Mindfulness is the practice of “being”. By practicing deliberate awareness, we can cultivate a space to show ourselves and others compassion and grace. By tuning into each moment and experiencing it as fresh, we can shift from being on “auto-pilot” to being fully immersed in ourselves and our world. When we cultivate awareness of our inner selves, we start to notice opportunities to make choices, and these choices drive meaningful changes in our lives.
A short introduction to Mindfulness from Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the stressreduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction