Seeking additional clients from ARIZONA
Welcome to my Therapy Room.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working in Mental Health. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including refugees, geriatric, chronic mental illness, relationship issues, and trauma. I have had special training in diagnosing Adults on the Autism Spectrum using the ADOS 2.
My therapy style is person centered and solution focused. I believe you already have answers within you but may need someone to shine a flashlight on parts that may be hidden or buried. I will tailor our dialogue to meet your unique and specific needs. I am an introvert and will be more of a listener and guider. My style is not as interactive and upbeat as compared to an extroverted therapist. I am straightforward and go straight to the work in most cases, rather than spending lengthy time on small talk. I am part of the LGBTQ+ community. I came to this country as a refugee in the 1980s and am a survivor of trauma. Age is important to clients so I will disclose I am in the 40 to 45 age range. My hobbies, include hiking, board games, reading, drinking tea and playing with cats.
Betterhelp does not allow us to diagnose people. In some cases diagnoses may not be helpful, as they can tend to place people into self defeating pattern. If medications are required such as in the cases of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, diagnoses and medications can certainly be helpful to obtain prior to attending therapy.
A little explanation on how I use different therapies:
Somatic- helping you locate the feeling in the body and describing it based on a feeling meditation that originates from Eastern philosophies (this is a common technique used by therapists in recent years)
CBT- working on thought distortions. Specifically, I like to teach a session on 13 common thought distortions and help you identify how they show up for you.
ACT- working on seeing things can be both this way and that way, it's not black and white. We add the word "and" rather than "or" to your view of the world.
AEDP- exploring how anxiety is really a cover for other emotions such as disappointment, rage, fear etc.
Compassionate Inquiry- identifying how the emotional flashbacks (aka triggers) you are experiencing now are related to things that took place in the past. Awareness leads to initiation and we work on no longer letting these patterns take control of your life. Therapist self disclosure with personal stories that relate to yours is necessary. (this goes against some older styles where therapists didn't self-disclose)
Motivational Interviewing- looking at how your goals don't match your current behaviors.
Regular talk therapy and venting is great too- it helps me reflect back your patterns to you. For instance if you say a certain phrase frequently I will point this out to you.
Poetry- I enjoy mixing in poetry when it pertains to certain issues and especially if you are a writer/poet.
Shadow Work- exploring your unconscious patterns and stored memories and how they affect your way of thinking.
Please take advantage of the journal feature. If you share it with me I may comment and we can discuss highlights during our sessions.
I am ok with you having to multitask/snack/cook/text as long as you are dressed appropriately and engage in therapy. While we try our best to have a professional setting, sometimes working from home entails apartment noises, and a less than perfect setting. I may eat a snack or use my standing desk and exercise my feet for health reasons.
If you are here for relationship struggles I will ask you and your significant other to take the Gottman Relationship Checkup which will cost $39 per couple. It will give us a comprehensive map of areas to focus on.
My sessions are 30 to 45 minutes. We can see how the session is flowing and the stopping point will occur naturally for each session. However the minimum is 30 minutes. I can't accept less than that due to financial reasons.
I look forward to meeting you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
AZ LCSW LCSW-21845
NV LCSW 11133-C
UT LCSW 12831183-3501
NH LCSW 2815
WA LICSW LW00009625
MA LICSW 125252
ME LCSW LC21360
Amelia listens well and gives you the tools to do the work you need to do to feel better. I would recommend her.
Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Amelia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and career difficulties
Amelia is a great listener and has given many tools for me to understand and better deal with my internal struggles and the challenges presented to me externally from a bad breakup to working on social anxiety
Written on Nov 02, 2023 after therapy with Amelia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
So far it’s been a great experience very welcoming and understanding environment
Written on Oct 22, 2023 after therapy with Amelia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes
Amelia is direct and to the point. She’s not afraid to tell me what I need to work on. This is exactly what I need in a therapist. She’s also a wonderful instructor and takes the time to teach lessons on xyz throughout the session.
Written on Sep 08, 2023 after therapy with Amelia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues
Amelia is a generous listener and kind presence. She is well versed at turning your attention to your body to hear what messages are bubbling up for you there, which I found incredibly helpful. I definitely recommend her.
Written on Jun 29, 2023 after therapy with Amelia for 3 weeks on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes
She is an amazing therapist, easily the best one I have ever had. She is informative, sticks to the point, helps change behaviors, and doesn't just talk through experiences but helps you heal from them. I would recommend her to anyone as long as they keep an open mind to her style.
Written on Jun 15, 2023 after therapy with Amelia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes