Biography: Amy began her career at John Umstead Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in North Carolina, where she specialized in working with adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, SPMI. From there, Amy moved to Georgia to continue her career at The Mental Health Center in Lawrenceville. Here, she began working with individuals and families providing children and adolescents with therapy. After her time in Lawrenceville, Amy worked as a contract social worker for Gwinnett Medical Center where she preformed psychiatric assessments in the emergency department. Following this, Amy joined Summit Ridge, an inpatient mental health hospital, where she worked with all age groups from adolescents to geriatric patients providing them with individual and family therapy. After spending a long stretch of her professional life in the mental health field, Amy decided to work as a paraprofessional with special education preschoolers and elementary school children serving autistic students in the Gwinnett County School System. Before joining Northeast Georgia Counseling in 2017, Amy transitioned back into the mental health field by providing therapy to patients at Viewpoint, a mental health facility in Gwinnett.
Experience & Specialties: With vast experience helping clients of all ages in all sectors of the mental health field for the last 25 years, Amy has currently decided to specialize in helping patients with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Amy is extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy.
Education: Amy graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 where she doubled majored in Psychology and Biology. Following that, Amy attended the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Masters in Social Work while specializing in psychiatric social work. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
Hobbies: Like many of our therapists, Amy enjoys spending time on the lake during her free time. But, as a mom to three boys much of her time is spent attending the boys’ activities and watching their sporting events. Amy also enjoys listening to live music and watching theater. Her favorite things to do when relaxing are to watch comedies or read suspense/murder novels.
“Don’t believe everything you think.”-Thomas Kida
Contact Information: Amy@northeastgacounseling.com
Insurance Plans: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, United Health Care