** As of July 2016 Amy is not currently taking any new clients**
For me, counseling is a calling. I feel that I was chosen and shaped to fit into this profession. I have always had a heart for hurting people. Life happens to us sometimes, and we need a little help to figure out in what direction we need to be going. I believe that counseling is never about me telling you what to do but is really about me helping you discern your options and make good, healthy decisions about what direction you choose.
I love strengthening relationships by offering help with communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills. Life is about relationships, and we need the skills to enjoy them completely. I am privileged to do marital, couple, individual, and family counseling. It is my belief and motto that you + a little counseling can = better relationships, more love and honesty, and a healthier life than you have imagined.
I grew up in Kingsport, TN; after graduating from Carson-Newman College, I married my college sweetheart who began his career as a teacher but has ended up a Baptist preacher. We have been married since 1992 and have two daughters. I taught English and Writing for 8 years both in the high school and in the college settings. After that, I stayed home with the girls for a few years and then went back to school, earning a Master’s of Science in Counseling and then my Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in 2016.
At present, I am back into the routine of school life in my job as an Associate Director of the NiswongerCARE College Access Program with the Niswonger Foundation, working with Advisors and students to support their futures
Evenings bring me to marriage and family therapy. I am a Christian counselor in that I believe the principles in God’s Word are important to our lifestyles and see the Bible as a handbook for living the best life possible. However, I am respectful to my clients’ beliefs and counsel them accordingly. I am a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and adhere to the code of ethics for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.