Amy obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2009 from the University of Louisville, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology. She began working at Our Lady of Peace, an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital treating adolescent patients with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, developmental trauma, etc. Many of these adolescents struggled with emotion dysregulation resulting in behaviors such as self-injury, sexually acting out, verbal and physical aggression. In 2012, Amy began working as a counselor in community mental health at Seven Counties Services. She provided in-home therapy to children and families struggling with emotion dysregulation and behavioral challenges. Amy completed her Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and became a Licensed Behavior Analyst in 2013. At this time, she began working as an LBA, providing in-home behavior supports for individuals receiving the Michelle P. Waiver, a Medicaid home-and community-based program. These primary diagnoses were Autism, ADHD, Fetal Alcohol and Down Syndrome. In addition to the waiver, she also served children in the foster care system with Autism, Reactive Attachment Disorder and/or developmental trauma. Amy then returned to graduate school to pursue a Master of Marriage & Family Therapy from Campbellsville University and extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
In 2019, Amy started a private practice specializing in individuals who struggle with emotion dysregulation, consisting primarily of adolescents, teens and adults with diagnoses of Autism Level 1, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, “Complex” PTSD and developmental trauma. To better serve the Autistic community, Amy teaches various skills emphasizing specific sensory needs, “unmasking”, etc. She also leads a DBT-A skills group for neurodivergent clients (Autism and/or ADHD).
Due to Amy’s commitment to providing clients with the highest quality of treatment, she is currently participating in an additional 16 month Intensive training program through Behavioral tech Institute (formerly Linehan Institute) and pursuing DBT-Linehan Board Certification (DBT-LBC), which is top-tier training and certification in DBT. In addition, she is a member of a weekly DBT consultation team led by a Linehan Board Certified therapist. This ensures adherence and fidelity to evidence-based comprehensive DBT.
Amy provides a safe, non-judgmental and validating environment where the client and therapist are equal collaborators. Together, they work to determine goals and the best treatment approaches for the client’s specific needs. This fosters a strong therapeutic alliance, essential for effective therapy. As a part of the neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ community, Amy understands the unique strengths and struggles, as well as the importance of affirming care. She utilizes the evidenced-based treatment of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with a framework consisting of interpersonal, attachment, and family systems to treat a range of issues such as:
These issues may be associated with diagnoses such as:
*Not accepting new sliding scale clients at this time*
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