Painful emotions, difficult experiences, and unhealthy relationships can make it hard to trust others and treat yourself with compassion. Therapy can help you develop healthier relationships with yourself and others, learn to tolerate and express difficult emotions, and feel less distress. Therapy with the right person can help you get un-stuck, change self-defeating patterns, and develop more effective coping skills. Therapy can help you treat yourself more kindly, develop more satisfying relationships, and live a more authentic and fulfilling life. I connect deeply with clients while maintaining clear professional boundaries, provide a compassionate and informed sounding board, and work hard to create a safe space in which healing and growth are possible.
or Call Amy E. Brown, MS, LPC, CAC, SAP at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19186
More Info About My Practice
I have a flexible sliding scale and a convenient location with plenty of free parking. Many non-HMO plans with an 'out of network' benefit reimburse at least some portion of my fees. I offer flexible daytime and evening hours. Please contact me for a free, no-obligation telephone consultation - I'll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
For over 26 years, I've been helping people learn more effective coping and communication skills and break self-destructive patterns. I provide general counseling and also specialize in issues around substance abuse and dual-diagnosis. I especially enjoy working with young adults, folks with dual-diagnosis issues, and professionals in recovery.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Competent therapists demonstrate compassion, integrity, and outstanding listening skills. They are respectful, caring, non-judgmental and passionate about their work. They offer suggestions and feedback but also know when to shut up. Talking with a therapist is very different than talking with a friend or family member. Competent therapists don't share their personal problems or try to develop anything other than a professional relationship with clients. Therapists may *never* engage in romantic or sexual relationships with clients. Therapists should not ever shame, berate, threaten, or yell at clients. Some other factors to consider when checking out a therapist: is the office private, quiet,and clean? Does the therapist appear calm and professional? Does s/he ask relevant questions and really listen to responses? Do you feel respected and valued? Does the therapist appear warm, confident, and attentive? Does s/he seem interested in you and knowledgeable about your particular difficulties? Does s/he offer useful and appropriately timed feedback? Some warning signs: the therapist somehow frightens you, appears intoxicated, preoccupied, disinterested, extremely disorganized, or forgetful. Pay attention to your instincts. Do you feel this therapist "gets it" and wants to help you? Do you feel confident in his/her clinical skills and knowledge? The best therapeutic relationship is one in which you feel heard, safe, and respected. Please don't settle for anything less.