Amy is a child, adolescent and family therapist at the Fraser Center. She has been with the Fraser Center since 2008. She has her Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University with an emphasis in Family Mental Health.
Amy sees children as young as 2 years old and often uses play therapy techniques with young children. She offers parenting techniques for dealing with challenging children. Amy also has experience in helping children cope with deployments or changing families (divorce, new stepfamilies). Her experience also includes working with children with ADHD, school issues, social skills issues and oppositional behaviors.
After participating in a year-long learning collaborative, Amy has been trained in providing a model of therapy proven to help children and adolescents who have experienced different types of trauma (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Having worked with children of all ages, Amy has prior experience with children in therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and community mental health. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a member of the Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah.
Favorite Quote: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." ~Mr. Rogers
Resources Amy Recommends:
For very young children:
Hands are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
Teeth are Not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdik
Feet are Not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdik
The Explosive Child by Ross Greene- For children with severe temper tantrums or defiant behavior
www.CHADD.org: For parents written by parents and professionals with facts and treatment options for ADHD
Russellbarkley.org: Russell Barkley- a very well known expert on ADHD