Amy was raised on the shoreline of Connecticut in a loving, large and boisterous Christian household that included her parents, 4 younger siblings and grandmother. Raised in the Lutheran Church, her family always put an emphasis on helping others and reaching out to those in need. She received her Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked for several years in the hospitality industry until she felt a strong desire to be a part of a helping profession and changed careers in her late 20’s to pursue social work. She graduated from the UCONN School of Social Work in 2004 and has worked in different state and non-profit agencies, and her work has included helping families and adolescents in crisis as well as working with adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. Amy received her clinical license in 2011.
Several years ago, God called Amy and her husband to the mission field and they sold their home in order to do full-time mission work in New Orleans and on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Amy and her husband labored hard to help improve the housing and basic needs of the people they came into contact with but again and again saw that true healing and relief comes only from Jesus Christ. Since returning to Connecticut, Amy and her husband volunteer monthly at a local homeless shelter where they serve meals to 100 men and are able to offer prayer afterwards for anyone who would like to receive it.
Amy believes that Jesus Christ is the “ultimate clinician” and He can and will bring peace, joy and comfort to those who need it. Amy has seen the power of prayer first hand in her own life and enjoys being able to pray with others. She and her husband are worship leaders at Vineyard Church of Guilford and enjoy writing and playing Christian music. Amy truly understands the depth of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, having had a tumultuous college life and then a joyous returning to the arms of her Heavenly Father and can understand when people struggle with poor decisions, doubt and other snares of the world.
As a therapist, Amy uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Based Therapy as well as other approaches in order to help clients achieve their goals and learn new ways to handle their emotions and feelings, as well as new ways to communicate and problem-solve.
Amy has been married to the love of her life since 2000. Two years ago, they welcomed their son home through the miracle of adoption where they all are blessed to be a part of an open relationship with his birth family. Amy knows that in this world, we will all have troubles, but she takes heart in knowing that Jesus has overcome the world.