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About "Dr. Amy"

"Dr. Amy" - Amy Phillips, EdD, LCPC, LMHC:


Phone: (301) 755-9469  or email: [email protected]
 

 

 

Hi, I’m “Dr. Amy”.  I am an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) in Maryland and I'm an LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) in New York State.  I work with adults.  My private practice offices are located in Rockville, Maryland and New York State (in NYS via telehealth video sessions).


I have over 19 years experience as an individual, child, adolescent, substance abuse, group, play therapy, Sandtray (a Jungian based therapy) and marriage/family therapist and I’ve been in private practice for 11 years.  Also, I am a graduate of Argosy University's Washington, DC campus with a doctorate (EdD) in Counseling Psychology.  My dissertation topic looked at the over diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in Medicaid clients as compared to clients with commercial insurance plans.  If you’d like to read my dissertation, please click here: dissertation   

Also, from Argosy University I have a master's degree in Professional Counseling, upon which my LCPC and LMHC licensures are based upon.  I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients with varying issues.  In addition, my former work as a certified teacher to students in grades K-12 in regular ed (English), alternative ed (English) and special ed in both Maryland and NYS also helps me to work with children and adolescents who may be having issues in school settings.  Also, I’ve been teaching faculty at four year colleges and a community college in NYS, teaching full-time in the Freshmen Writing Program at Elmira College (1/2015 - 6/2016), Psychology and English as an adjunct instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College (8/2002 to 12/2005 & 1/2015 to 5/2015) and Psychology as an adjunct instructor at Argosy University.  These experiences allow me to understand the needs that college students face and areas where therapy can help.

In order to continue to learn in my field and offer more comprehensive services to my clients, I am currently ABD (All But Dissertation) in a second doctoral degree (PhD) from The Chicago School’s Washington, DC campus in International Psychology with a specialization in trauma.  My dissertion topic for that program will look at domestic violence experienced by women in Lima, Peru, which has been borne out of the aftermath of Peru’s civil war which ended in 2000.  In March/April 2017, I traveled to São Paulo, Brazil for my first field experience to experience what work would be like as an International Psychologist in various settings in São Paulo.  In December 2017, I went on my 2nd field experience to the Philippines, specifically to Manila and Tanay, in order to gain a non-Western and indigenous perspective on trauma.  On my own, I have also explored Iceland and met with students in the Counseling program at The University of Iceland.  During my hiatus from the PhD program in International Psychology, I am studying in The Chicago School’s Educational Psychology and Technology PhD program, which is also an interest of mine.  Currently, I am ABD in that program as well, and my dissertation in the program is looking at how Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can help art students learn how to paint.  These doctoral programs and the field experiences continue to inform my therapy practice, since I have clients from all parts of the world and with differing world views from my own who come to see me for therapy.  Most therapists, we have only been taught in the tradition of Western Psychology and it is important that we include non Western and Indigenous Psychologies into our practices.  That is my aim in my own private practice.  

Also, recreation and creative pursuits are very important parts of one’s life, so I also am a hobby potter with a home pottery studio.  In addition, I am also a painter (I’m currently in art school in Savannah College of Art and Design in their MFA in Painting program and just finished a year studying at my local atelier - Compass Atelier) and as a former English teacher/professor, I am an avid reader and creative writer.  To bring peace to my life and help myself to be in the now/moment, I am an avid practitioner of yoga at a wonderful yoga studio in Rockville, MD and also, I attend a daily meditation group via Zoom.  It is my hope that others will use recreation to help them bring more calm into their lives.  Florence Nightingale, the woman who brought modern nursing to the world, started out by introducing different types of recreation to soldiers who were in hospital during WWI in England and in doing so, she found that it helped them recover, have hope in their lives and create a will to live.  It’s important that people learn to add recreation and creative pursuits to their lives, just as Florence Nightingale discovered that it is important.  
 
I am an interactive, mental health therapist/counseling psychologist who uses an eclectic approach in my practice to work with clients according to their individual needs. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques, such as talk therapy modalities, EMDR and Sandtray Therapy, to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

In addition, for clients who have been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), please note that I also work in conjunction with clients who have DID, allowing them to be themselves, along with all of their presenting alters in their systems, so that we can work on the issues that THEY want to work on in therapy.  I ensure that it is a working partnership, where the client, as is always the case in my work, is the driving person in the therapy sessions.  A client of mine who has DID has graciously allowed me to share their TED Talk here, and while my name is not specifically mentioned towards the end of their talk, I am the therapist that they mention that they have been working with.  I hope that if you have DID, that you take a look at the talk, since it will give you a good idea about how work with me would be.  Click here to view the TED Talk “Kids are us: child abuse and DID”, Roswell Ecker, TEDxIthacaCollege or on the photo below:

 

My Specialities Include:

         

 

  • Survivors of Abuse by people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
  • Parenting Skills and Issues
  • Adults who grew up w/ disabled siblings
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Loss or Grief
  • OCD
  • Adult Bullying
  • Trauma and PTSD
 
  • Dissociative Disorders, including DID (see TED Talk above)
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Addictions counseling (including drug and alcohol)
  • Career Counseling
  • Seeking Safety - a type of therapy for persons dually diagnosed with PTSD and alcoholism
  • Women's issues
  • Men's issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Narrative Therapy - use of journaling to work through issues
  • EMDR
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.)

 

Education:

  • Ed.D. in the Counseling Psychology program from Argosy University The American School of Psychology in Arlington, VA campus - Completed in December 2017.
  • Ph.D. ABD in the International Psychology program with a specialization in Trauma from The Chicago School's Washington, DC campus. - 2011 to 2019 
  • Ph.D. ABD in the Educational Psychology and Technology program from The Chicago School's Online campus. - 2019 to 2021
  • MFA in Painting - Savannah College of Art and Design (aka SCAD) - June 2021 to Present
  • Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University's Washington, DC campus - Completed in August 2006.
  • Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology/English (using technology to teach) from the University of Maryland University College's College Park, Maryland campus - Completed in December 2004.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Maryland University College's College Park, Maryland campus - Completed in August 2001.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Elmira College, Elmira, New York - Completed in June 1993.
  • Associates of Science degree in Foreign Languages with a minor in Health Education from Corning Community College, Corning, New York - Completed in June 1990.

License, Certifications & Awards:

  • LMHC in New York State 
  • LCPC in Maryland
  • Provisional Teaching license in Maryland
  • Provisional Teaching license in New York State

Graduate and Post Graduate Training:

  • Licensed Supervisor for prelicensed therapists
  • Field experiences to São Paulo, Brazil (April 2017) and Manila, the Philippines (December 2017) through the PhD International Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Private self-driven field experience to Iceland September 2017
  • EMDR Therapy Training 2011 - a specific therapy used for trauma (“Big T and Little T traumas), PTSD and all forms of anxiety 
  • Sandplay Therapy Training (a form of Jungian Therapy) through Dee Preston Dillon, PhD - for more information please visit: https://www.sandtherapytraining.com/about
  • Training and work experience in Functional Family Therapy, as an FFT Therapist through Cayuga Home for Children, Auburn, New York - 2006.
  • Practicum at Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services' residential unit, Trumansburg, New York - September 2005 to April 2006.
  • Practicum at Binghamton Psychiatric Center, Binghamton, New York - January 2004 to August 2004.
  • Field Researcher for the Health and Growth Study - Wave II, studying the correlation between eating disorders and major mental illness Fall of 1998.  Funded through NIMH.
     
 Phone: (301) 755-9469 or email: [email protected]
 
 

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