I am currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine, studying to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My concentration is in clinical mental health. I came to this profession after many years of working with the public. I’ve managed restaurants, worked as a reporter for the Forecaster newspaper, was a food editor of the Maine Magazine, and a certified nurse’s assistant at Maine Medical Center. My life experiences and past careers have led me to counseling. Although these careers varied, it is clear to me that the common thread has been listening to and helping the people around me. I discovered that these experiences have been crucial to developing the skills necessary to begin this chapter. I could not have started this journey any earlier.
Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with an older population. In addition to discussing issues related to life transitions, we’ve explored the grief and loss, financial, sexual, and health related issues associated with aging. I lead a mindfulness meditation group each week where we discuss ways in which to slow down, develop awareness of our thoughts and feelings, and practice being present in the here and now.
I believe counseling can make a drastic difference in our lives. I am drawn to a humanistic, person-centered approach and will interact with you using empathy, compassion, and respect. My priority is to create a safe space for you to be yourself without fear of judgement. To me, these core beliefs are the most important elements in a therapeutic relationship. Using mindfulness techniques and an emotion-focused approach, we will work to uncover your strengths in order to explore barriers and obstacles and to discover what brings you joy and contentment. I am honored to work with you and look forward to this exploration and time of personal growth with you.
Amy will be available to work with clients at GETME through December, 2020.
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