Amy is licensed by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (2005) as a licensed counselor and and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (2012). She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin (1994) with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. She earned a Master’s in Education from the University of North Florida (1996) in Jacksonville, Florida with a Mental Health Counseling track specialty.
Prior to her work in counseling, Amy was a military wife and a stay-at-home mom. As a military wife, she made several cross-country moves, as well as a move across the world. She returned to Abilene in 2001 and during that time, she became a step-mother to two sons, adding to her family of two sons and one daughter. Needless to say, those years generally revolved around family activities.
Amy began her counseling career with the geriatric community. During the years of 2005-2008, she was an on-site counselor at several nursing homes in the area, where she counseled residents struggling with the adjustments associated with that stage of life. She gained invaluable experience, as there was often interaction and collaboration with doctors, nurses, staff, family, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers, as well interaction with medical charts.
She started her private practice in 2008 out of the offices of Texas Family Institute, with a stint as interim executive director during 2012. She has remained in private practice since opening her private practice. She joined Turning Point Counseling in 2016.
While Amy operates from a Cognitive-Behavioral theoretical base, she understands that each person is unique and tailors therapy based upon the strengths and weaknesses of the individual, often incorporating other therapy modalities in conjunction with CBT. She believes that people have the ability for healing and growth within them and sees her role of therapist as a guide, helping people discover their own potential. Additionally, she believes that by examining one’s thinking, and often self-defeating thinking, that one can get to the heart of an issue.
Her clientele range from individuals, to couples, families, to adolescents and children. Her practice areas include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism, chronic pain, communication issues, adolescents, ADHD, grief, and relationship issues.