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Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker seeing clients in Lombard and via telehealth.

Are you often overwhelmed with stress?

Do you get so upset you can’t think clearly?

Or do you continue to long and grieve for a loved one when others seem to have “moved on?”

You might find yourself thinking:

  • “I wish I could make myself calm down.”
  • “It’s all just too much.”
  • “I still miss them so much. I don’t understand why they had to die.”

Hi, I am Amy. I am a licensed clinical social worker. Creating a safe, caring, structured space in therapy for you to explore the tough things in your life is important to me. I don’t pretend to have all the answers and I won’t tell you what to do. 

Instead, I will be a guide alongside you. I will ask useful questions and provide various viewpoints to help you widen your perspective. I will use models and theories that I have studied, to guide intentional conversations between us. Under these conditions, you will  see things more clearly and be able to come to answers and solutions that drive your life and relationships forward. 

Sometimes before we address the really tough things, you might need to first learn how to regulate your own emotions. If you are escalated and anxious during sessions, you will not  be able to think clearly, make good decisions, or have compassion for yourself or others. I will help you learn how to do this. 

Some of the specific issues I am most effective at helping people with include: traumatic grief, emotion regulation, and family conflict, especially if drugs and alcohol are a problem.

Combined with 20+ years of experience in the field of clinical social work, these certifications have been my investments to help you:

  • Certification in advanced alcohol and drug counseling
  • Certification in advanced grief counseling
  • Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT)
  • My own therapy

When I’m not at work, I am with my family and friends, walking and training my dog, seeking peace in nature, creating useful things at my sewing machine. In my many roles- mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend- I try to live a life of faith, balance, and love. I often don’t get it right but I intend to keep trying!

I believe we have an innate desire to solve our own problems and to be in charge of our own lives. This is possible when we take responsibility for our own emotions, evaluate the role we play in our problems, and put forth effort to be an explorer of our own relationship dynamics. This takes courage! 

Are you ready to heal from your pain and find more ease in your life and relationships? 

Schedule a session with me to get started, or schedule a short phone consultation if you have questions.

License / Credentials
LCSW
School
University of Vermont
Prounons
She/Her/Hers
Cultural Identity
Age of focus
18+ Adults in all phases of life
Locations
Title
Clinical Therapist- Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists
Insurance Accepted
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) HMO- Edward-Elmhurst/IL Health Partners/ Behavioral Care Partners, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO
Post-Graduate Trainings/Certifications
CAADC, Certified Grief and Loss Counselor, Certified Acceptance and Integration Training Clinician
States Licensed In
Illinois, New Hampshire
Specialties
Alchohol Use, Anxiety, Co-occurring Addictions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Grief, Harm Reduction, Holistic Practitioner, Life Transitions, Loss, Mindful Self-Compassion Therapy, Mood Disorders, Polyvagal Theory, Psychodynamic Approach, Shame Resliency, Substance Use, Therapy for Therapists, Trauma, Values Work

Schedule a time to chat with someone from our Client Care Coordinator Team to get set-up with either a free 15-minute phone consultation or an initial evaluation.

OurLocations

477 E. Butterfield Rd,
Suite 212, Lombard,
IL 60148

2835 N. Sheffield Ave,
Suite 304, Chicago,
IL 60657

8721 Route 126
Yorkville,
IL 60560

2855 North, Speer Blvd Suite D
Denver, CO 80211

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