Amy has worked in the addiction recovery field for over 34 years. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Addiction Specialist and has her own private practice for the past 20 years.
Amy continues sharing her treatment experience working for the past 7 years as a consulting Clinical Director supervising interns and providing staff development. She also holds certificates in EMDR and Domestic Violence Training.
Amy started her career as support staff, then became a certified Addictions Counselor. Then Amy discovered her ignited her passion further for helping others while when counseling “Teen mothers at risk”, in school based programs she was amazed at the teens hunger to learn more about self-esteem but didn’t have the knowledge coming form teen mothers themselves. This revelation led her to want to learn more. She then returned to school and completed her degree in Counseling Psychology. Her further experience in the addiction field led her to facilitating the Family program in Hoag’s Chemical Dependency Unit. Then held a position with Mission Hospital in which she developed and managed an Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency treatment program.
She has over 35 years of experience with her own recovery program and offers a blend of 12-Step experience along with therapeutic support. Her treatment philosophy is rooted in Albert Einstein’s outlook, “Trying to solve a problem with the same mind that created it, doesn’t always work.” She is a supporter of the Animal Assist League and Salvation Army.