Amity Olmstead

(LCPC)

About Me

I have been licensed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maine since 2007, after graduating from University of Maine. In that time, I have worked in inpatient settings, residential treatment, day treatment, outpatient clinics, and clients' homes, addressing issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, parenting, family conflict, adoption related needs, life change, and trauma.

People come to me with pain and often shame about the issues they face. I want you to know that you don’t have to worry about judgement from me. No one comes to therapy because everything is great in their lives, we all do things we wish we hadn’t, and things happen to us that we don’t know how to talk about. This is a safe place to begin exploring those things you can’t talk about elsewhere. I will challenge you, because challenging ourselves and each other is how growth happens; it may sometimes be uncomfortable (kind of like exercise), but it will always be with respect.

Regardless of what issues my clients come with or what setting we are in, I understand that you are the experts in your own lives. You know your history, and you set your goals. My job is to help you create a road map and travel with you to that goal. To do so, I primarily employ evidence based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a form of treatment that helps people understand their thoughts and emotions and to learn concrete skills that will help them better manage their responses. I use evidence-based treatments, because you deserve the most effective therapy I can provide. We know from years of study that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works for most people, and I will help figure out how to best tailor that to fit you. I also come from a background in Family Systems Theory. The people who are a part of our lives, and the ways we interact with each other (especially our families) can help us or get in our way. Understanding those dynamics and changing our own behaviors can change the interactions. What is important about both of these approaches is that they put you in control; by understanding ourselves and our interactions with others, we can get more control over our lives.

Thank you, and welcome to your journey. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #CC3573 (Expires: 2022-01-31)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Sep 15, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Amity has been so helpful!! She has listened to all my anxious ramblings about my family, life, and the pandemic and encouraged me to identify what I can and cannot control. All of her advice has helped me to manage my own anxiety and keep myself (somewhat) sane when everything around me feels absolutely insane.

Written by L.E. on Sep 07, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

I didn't know what to expect when being paired with a therapist without getting a recommendation from someone I know, but it's been really wonderful. Amity is smart, empathetic, insightful, and kind. Highly recommend!

Written by S.A. on Aug 26, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

It's going great so far, I'm in a place where things are all tangled and messy and really needed some help with clarity, I really appreciate the help.

Written by C.O. on Jul 23, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, and adhd

Amity is the best!! I feel so comfortable talking to her and respect her advice.

Written by K.E. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and grief

Amity has been terrific. The perfect combination of expertise, support, and challenge. I am now a believer in this process because of her.

Written by E.R. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

I've been talking with Amity for a few weeks now, and she's really helped me understand the things that are impacting my mood, and making me think about things I never even realized were big issues until now. She's also helping me reframe my thinking to be more positive and willing to accept praise rather than just brush it off. In short, without going into my entire counseling sessions, she's great and she's helping me a lot.

Written by A.L. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Amity was amazing. She was my first counselor and I'm glad she was, as I was unsure if I could get anything out of counseling. She helped my put things into a different perspective and break down my intricate problems into solvable goals.

Written by M.I. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Amity for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Amity has been very helpful. She listens well, offers practical insights and suggestions, and is very easy to communicate with. Highly recommended!