Amy M. Plumb, MA, LMHC, MHP, CDP
|Professions: Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Mental Health Counselor - LH60403531|
|Secondary Credential: Chemical Dependency Professional Certification - CP60463078|
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Fees: For those who don't want to use their insurance or who don't have insurance, I offer a sliding fee scale.
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My treatment philosophy and approach to helping others is that we are all in this together. I believe that anyone can make changes in their life if they have the support and tools that they need to do so. You are the director of your treatment and the creator of your life. I am there to teach you the skills that you need to reduce or eliminate mental health problems and substance use disorders in a non-judgmental, safe and compassionate environment. In my work, I engage with you as a peer and relate to you human being to human being. I use a variety of approaches and techniques to tailor your treatment to your individual needs. You have a say so in your treatment and I will respect your autonomy and treat you with the dignity that you deserve.
Sometimes we grow up in homes where we were not taught the skills that are necessary to have healthy relationships with others and ourselves. The problems that you are experiencing in your life right now likely make sense given your history. I am here to help you to notice problematic thoughts and behaviors that are getting in the way of you living the life that you want to live. I am here to listen to you and validate your experience, something that we sometimes don't get out in the world. I am here to help you process any unresolved trauma so that you can move forward. I am here to support you while you discover your inherent value and learn to love yourself.
Email or Call Amy M. Plumb, MA, LMHC, MHP, CDP at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 28425
More Info About My Practice
Currently I work primarily in the evenings and on weekends.
I have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). I specialize in working with people who have co-occurring disorders or dual diagnoses with substance use disorder and one or more other mental health problems. I have extensive experience in working with people who have experienced trauma, specifically those who have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma. I am also skilled at working with people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love about being a psychotherapist is that I get to connect with so many people and be a part of their change stories. I enjoy empowering people to help themselves and to recognize and trust that they are their own best experts and can solve their problems with a little support and education about skills. I love watching people learn to believe in themselves. I like watching people gain confidence and self-compassion. I really like it when people go out and influence their communities in a healthy and positive way because of the accomplishments that they have achieved in therapy. I like collaborating with people and I enjoy learning about other peoples' lives. I appreciate that so many have allowed me to witness and be a part of their journey. I love it when a graduated client calls me a year later just to say hello and let me know that they are still "using my skills." I like the shared experiences that I have with my clients. I enjoy being able to laugh with others and use humor and find meaning even in the midst of pain.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I approach some aspects of my work as a peer. I believe that peer work can be incredibly powerful and can connect two people in a way that can be healing. If you're not familiar with peer work, it entails the acknowledgment on the part of the peer counselor that she or he has been through a similar experience and the peer expresses compassion and empathy. For example, at some community mental health agencies, there are certified peer specialists who hang out in the milieu talking with clients who have come in for services. Peer counselors relate to clients on a human to human level, not an expert/non-expert level. When doing peer work, I am acknowledging that I too have experienced pain. I too have struggled with many of the same issues that you may be currently struggling with. I understand what it is like to have had certain experiences in life that elicit what are often intensely painful feelings - rejection, fear, sadness, heartbreak, loneliness, desperation, to name a few. I believe that connection and secure attachment to others can be healing and is a necessary component of true mental wellness. I also believe that people can only connect to others when there is some level of vulnerability on the part of both individuals, which is why I approach my work from a peer perspective.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I specialize in working with people who have more than one mental health disorder and/or a substance use disorder. I work effectively with people who have a broad range of problems and levels of functioning. I specialize in working with those who come from dysfunctional and abusive childhoods, specifically those who may struggle with making relationships work and with problems changing behaviors that are not helpful to you.
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