Hi, I'm Amy and I'm So Glad You're Here
I have been a social worker for 17 years but I did not start out wanting to be a therapist. During my high school and college years, I had some not-so-great interactions with therapists. Yes, I have been in therapy before, so I do know what it’s like to be on the other side of the desk, so to speak!
At first, I was a political social worker. That means I worked for a State Representative and helped the folks in his district work with state agencies. This job was a good experience, but I felt like I wanted more... More interaction with people, more involvement with people’s lives, more in-depth ways I could help.
In-Home Family Therapist
I started working for an agency doing in-home family therapy. Although it was difficult work, and the learning curve was steep, I learned so much during this time and I built my clinical skills and my confidence. I was forced to go out of my comfort zone and into a whole new world.
This position required therapists to video tape therapy sessions (with the clients’ consent, of course). Then the tapes were critiqued by supervisors and consultants. We were also required to do “live supervision” which entailed the therapist conducting a therapy session behind a 2-way mirror (also, with the clients’ consent). The supervisor and consultants would call in to help guide the session. It was definitely stressful, but what a learning experience!
Therapist in Outpatient Setting
From there, I moved into an outpatient setting. I have worked for a non-profit mental health clinic, as well as in an outpatient clinic at a hospital.
In 2015 I decided that it was time to take a risk and start my own private practice. This has proven to be one of the most challenging, and rewarding steps in my social work career.
Mother of Three
I am also a mother of three young children. I have personal experience with perinatal anxiety and depression so I have a special interest in working with pregnant and postpartum moms.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are treatable. As a counselor, I have worked with many moms who have felt hopeless, confused, and afraid. I have seen moms recover from these illnesses, and I can assure you that there is hope and you can survive. See my Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders page for more information.
In addition to providing therapy services in my office in Torrington, I also provide therapy in the homes of new mothers through the Mind Over Mood Program. This is a program for mothers who are covered by Husky Insurance and who are experiencing symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. Please call, text, or e-mail me for more information and to see if you qualify.