Amy Barnhart, M.Ed., LCDC, LPC-Supervisor

 
Licensing Regulations and Credentials
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology -1991
Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling -1999
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor -1994
Licensed Professional Counselor – 2005
 
Amy has been a counselor for over 20 years. In that time she has worked with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. She has experience with ADD/ADHD, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, adolescent and women’s specific issues as well. She has worked with trauma resolution, behavioral problems, helping with parent/child conflict and self image and self confidence issues. With extensive substance abuse experience, Amy has also worked with self-injurious and eating disordered behaviors as these go hand in hand many times. She works with individuals with depression, anxiety, and individuals that may be having a period of maladaptive situations in their life right now. She has a strong conviction to work with the entire family as part of the treatment regimen when possible to enhance effectiveness that counseling can offer. Her counseling theory and approach is based on the therapeutic relationship, helping individuals facilitate desired change through Motivational Interviewing; a technique that is based on a good rapport, being genuine, being able to empathize with her clients and has a non-judgmental focus while working to help identify areas of desired change. Other types of counseling theories she uses are Cognitive/Behavioral and Person-Centered Theories, but has an eclectic style that is very pleasant and accommodating while continuing facilitation of movement toward the client’s desires and dreams for what they want for their lives and what they would like to get out of therapy. The relationship is a valuable tool that works congruently with how willing the person is to work toward their goals. She believes individuals have the capacity to reach their goals and feel hopeful about their lives and their future.