A little about me
And why I choose to approach mental and emotional health holistically…
While struggling with severe depression, anxiety, OCD and suicidal thoughts in my teens (1998), I sought out help from conventional types of therapy.
It served as a sounding board for my problems. I was given a space to share them but not given guidance into understanding them.
I would leave therapy each time still wondering why I was feeling and thinking the way I was.
Several years, therapists and prescriptions later (2006) I found myself still seeking understanding of my emotions. I was struggling with my relationship to myself and my relationships with others. My determination to feel better and curiosity about myself led me to receiving support from a spiritualist where I learned more about holistic modalities, which provided me an understanding of the mind & body connection. This was where I was provided a space to begin to understand myself, my thoughts, feelings & behavior patterns.
Because this was a more practical approach to my mental health, I weaned off medications the therapists had prescribed me, to be able to approach myself and all of this with a clear and present mind. I was able to gain greater self-awareness, process through my traumas, understand my thoughts and emotions as well as develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Since then, …
I gained a great understanding of how my mind and body works together. This has made the difference in my mental and emotional well-being. I don’t live under the labels that were given to me medically nor do I need to depend on medication anymore to achieve an internal balance inside me. I experience my emotions as all of us do but I now understand them and know how to cope with each one. I have the tools and the knowledge to move through them each time successfully without panic, anxiety or severe depressive lows. My relationships now are healthy, supportive and mature as compared to my history of traumatic, abusive, immature, toxic relationships that consumed my life during the years I struggled to understand myself.
My passion for giving those who also struggle mentally and emotionally and within their relationships, a space to do the same growth and healing, has led me into this profession.
I have grown…
To become a (3x) published author of personal development books and to hold professional certifications as a holistic life coach, reiki master practitioner and ordained minister. I am always continuing my education and in 2020 completed my schooling to become certified in trauma informed care as a Certified Trauma Support Specialist.
It is with great intention…
That I guide and support you in learning what your emotions are communicating. To help you navigate the rollercoaster that is life in a more balanced way. To support you in moving through difficult relationship struggles & provide you with the knowledge & tools to cultivate, receive & sustain healthier connections. Not having had a healthy space to process my emotions, develop healthy connections & gain clarity into my behaviors without being medically labeled or medicated has been my driving force to help you understand yourself, your thoughts, behaviors & emotions. My goal is to support & guide you in processing & managing those complicated thoughts and feelings in practical & easy to digest ways as well as helping you to extend that out into your relationships, friendships & parenting.
I am known for…
Being the one who makes your complicated emotions simple. In speaking with me you will always leave with understanding and awareness of:
Why you feel the way you do
What has created that emotion +/or behavior pattern
How to change that feeling and situation from unhealthy to healthy
Healthy coping tools
The core values I bring to each session with you are…
Honesty + Integrity
Empathy + Compassion
Education + Empowerment
In providing guidance and support to anyone, I feel it is most important to never tell someone what to do, as that takes their personal power and free will away from them.
Rather I help you better understand yourselves through your emotions and behavior patterns so that you can make powerful and healthier decisions for yourselves and your life moving forward.
This approach is healthier and more sustainable for clients. Relying on someone to tell you how to act, think and feel negatively fuels codependency patterns between a client and the practitioner/therapist/coach/teacher or mentor.
The space I offer you in a session with me is for you to feel safe to be vulnerable and express your true feelings. You will receive understanding into who you are, what is happening and how to achieve the outcomes you’re wanting, taking power back over your life, emotions and behavior patterns.
We don’t always have individuals around us in our own lives who are capable of holding and maintaining that safe space for us to be seen, heard and felt without them being reactive or us having the fear of judgment or backlash. It is a true gift to be able to provide you something of such value that I spent a long time searching for in my own life as a child and young adult.
Here’s what’s being said about my work…
“With her simplistic approach and her laugh out loud witty banter, Amy breaks down the human condition for you in such a straightforward, no bullshit way you’ll never miss the point; teaching you that the power of your life, relationships and happiness lies
in your hands and showing you exactly how to reclaim it with laughter, love and a little sass.
Amy takes her New Jersey street smart approach to new and deep levels while radically shifting your life, spirit and relationships.”
Amy is a published author, with her internationally recognized book of affirmations “365 Little Blasts of Love: Daily doses of uncensored wisdom to radically shift your life”. Her second book was published alongside her first online self-study course “From Limited to Limitless”. Amy is a professional blogger who is compensated for her online writings that have appeared in many large, nationally and internationally recognized websites. Her self-help and personal development work has also been published on popular blogs Bad Yogi and What Do Men Really Think. Her third book “Ask Yourself: 126 Thought Provoking Questions to Shift Your Emotional Experience in This World” was published in 2018.
Amy is educated, qualified and certified in the following:
Spiritual Advisor [11+ years of formal spiritual work, guidance + training]
Usui Reiki Master [Certified Master Energy Practitioner, 8 years experience]
3x Published Author