Amy is currently in the internship phase of getting her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Richmont Graduate University where she is also pursuing a Marriage and Family Therapy certificate. She’s been serving the community for many years in children’s ministry where she’s had the opportunity to work with families including those with special needs children. She also leads a group for those who struggle with depression and anxiety which aligns with the calling that led her to enter the program she’s currently in.
Growing up in a small southern town with divorced parents, Amy found that life oftentimes lacked stability and that the example of Christianity around her seemed to be misaligned with the concept of grace and mercy. From an early age, she became quite independent and gravitated towards animals that embodied the unconditional love for which she longed. This combination of independence and inner woundedness led Amy on a rebellious streak which began in middle school and persisted through her high school and even college years. As an Enneagram type 3, the ability to achieve was her way to make everything appear normal on the outside. Despite her defiant tendencies, she performed well academically and graduated high school with honors and obtained a degree in Biological Science at The University of Georgia in 2000. Over the years God graciously placed a number of beautiful and accepting souls in her life who were willing to invest in her. Once she stopped running from God and turned towards him, this catalyzed a slow but remarkable transformation. The longing she now has to pursue others in the same way He pursued her is what gives her the desire to see life-change happen in those that she has the privilege of encountering.
As wife and mother to a son (12 yrs.) and daughter (7 yrs.), Amy has a broader perspective of how family dynamics can impact each member of the family unit and how each person has their own set of unique and individual experiences, struggles, and pressures that can prove challenging to navigate. As all of those factors contribute to an individual's view of healthy family functioning and ability to cope with life's demands, Amy hopes to use her life experience and professional training as an extension of His life-altering power to meet each person she encounters right where they are, and to come alongside them as they work toward a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys swimming, trying new restaurants, watching the Investigation Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.