Therapist

Amy Avillion | Mental Health Therapist

Amy Avillion  | Mental Health Therapist

Educational Background

    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
    • Master’s Degree in Social Work
    • PCAR-certified sexual assault counselor
    • PCADV-certified domestic violence counselor
    • Currently working toward official TF-CBT certification

Treatment Philosophy

    • I tend to use a strengths-based approach when treating clients, in which I invite them to be active participants in many aspects of treatment. I assume that the client knows themselves best and has entered treatment because they want to improve in some way. I find that providing my clients with psychoeducation about the treatment process along with allowing them to make decisions about our work provides them with a sense of empowerment and control that is often extremely beneficial to their treatment. I try to meet my clients where they’re at with zero judgment, identifying and building on the strengths they have. I find that this allows my clients to more effectively take what they learn in session and apply it to their current circumstances.

Preferred Population

    • I enjoy working with clients who have experienced trauma and have a background in working with victims of violent crime and their loved ones. I am inspired when I see my clients grow through their adversity and learn about themselves through their individual journeys to healing.

Passion

    • Most people are affected by mental illness throughout their lives in one way or another. My initial passion for the mental health field came from personal experiences that have shaped my life and professional trajectory in so many different ways. My passion continues to grow through my work with clients and continued professional education. The field of mental health is constantly evolving, and I am passionate about continued professional development in order to provide my clients with the highest quality care.

A Session With Me

    • During the first few sessions, I mostly focus on gathering as much information as possible about my client, their history, and their current circumstances. I provide the client with education on the treatment process and what to expect moving forward, as well as provide space for them to share any concerns and ask questions. During these sessions, it’s all about building a mutual sense of trust and rapport. Developing a positive therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of successful treatment outcomes. I like to then work with the client to develop goals and a treatment plan that best suits their needs. From there, sessions become highly individualized based on their goals and the treatment plan.

Hobbies and Interests

    • I enjoy exercising, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy a good Netflix binge session more often than I’d like to admit!

Self-Care

    • One thing I do for self-care is to make sure my surroundings are clean and organized; I sometimes feel anxious or have difficulty concentrating when my space is messy. Our sense of smell is strongly linked to areas in our brain related to emotion and memory, so I usually always have a candle lit or some incense burning. I take care of my mental health and overall well-being by cooking healthy meals and making sure to get enough exercise and sleep.

New Learning

    • I am currently working on developing my culinary skills! I find joy in preparing homemade meals for my loved ones as a sign of love and appreciation. I see food as a universal way to connect with and learn about others across all identities. Learning new techniques and recipes is not only a hobby of mine, but I often see it as a way for me to develop my communication skills and cultural competency.

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