Amber is a licensed professional counselor and a registered art therapist with a masters degree in art therapy and counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She utilizes a person-centered, humanistic, strengths-based approach to help each client achieve their identified goals in therapy. Her treatment approach uses components from DBT and CBT and is heavily influenced by trauma informed care. Amber’s overall goal is to foster a safe place where the clinician and the client collaboratively create a trusting therapeutic relationship where they can process tough topics.
Amber is dedicated to empowering people in reaching their fullest potential and improving their overall quality of life. She has experience in serving the needs of children, youth, families, and adults in private settings, school systems, hospitals, non-profits, and community mental health agencies. Amber has the most training and expertise in art therapy, children and adolescents, and she is passionate about supporting and advocating for LGBTQIA+ folks’ unique needs and rights.
Amber is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She can use this certification in a therapeutic setting by offering accessible, body positive, adaptive yoga movement practice, mindfulness, meditation, breathing techniques, and yogic philosophy supported by modern research to aid in healthy emotional processing. When utilizing yogic philosophy in therapy per clients needs and requests, her foundation will be rooted in intersectional feminism and social justice principles with a focus on marginalized communities.
Amber’s professional specialties include:
- Art Therapy
- Creative and expressive arts
- Stress management
- Coping skills and strategies
- Eating disorders
- Self-esteem and identity
- Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga
Whether implementing “traditional” talk therapy, art therapy, or yoga, Amber operates from a body-positive, humanistic, trauma-informed perspective. She can practice all three clinical modalities, or a combination, during treatment depending on clients needs. (Please read more about Art Therapy in our Art Therapy tab if interested in these services!)