Counselor Amy Perry

Amy graduated from the University of Portland with her B.S. in Communication in 2008 and received her M.S. in Counseling from Portland State University, with a specialty in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling, in 2013. Amy utilizes strengths-oriented, solution-focused, evidence-based approaches to assist clients in overcoming the challenges and stressors impacting their daily lives. Amy does not view herself as an advice-giver or magic wand waver, but, rather, a guide and support to help her clients on their journeys towards self-discovery, wellness, and self-empowerment. Amy focuses on helping clients gain self-awareness, improve their ability to emotionally regulate, foster deeper, more meaningful relationships, and conquer the mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, trauma, and depression, that stand in their way.

Amy has worked at two community mental health agencies in Vancouver, WA (Children’s Center and Catholic Community Services) and has previously provided home-based, agency-based, and school-based services. These experiences have given Amy a deeper understanding of the systems that directly impact the lives of her clients, along with the ability to work with these systems to promote change.

Amy is certified as a Child Mental Health Specialist. Amy enjoys helping teenagers and their parents foster ongoing connection and understanding during a developmental phase of life that is often rife with conflicts and confusion. Amy also likes helping teens as they transition from the world of childhood to being a young adult, with all the self-questioning, stress, and identity crises that come with this vital stage.

While the counseling process can appear daunting and there are times where things will seem to get worse before they get better, the life-changing results, if you stick with it, are well worth the effort. If you are open to starting this journey and looking for someone to walk with and guide you along the way, contact Amy to set up an intake today.

Amy enjoys reading, writing, traveling, baking, spending time with her husband and two fur babies, engaging in the creative arts (as a watcher and participant), geek/nerd culture (yay comic books!), fashion (she owns so many dresses, it’s a problem) and drinking coffee (as she’s definitely NOT a morning person).

Amy enjoys working with women to address the many complicated roles they navigate on a daily basis, along with the familial and societal pressures that often leave them feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Amy seeks to empower women to embrace who they are and find true self-acceptance in a world that often defines women’s worth by their physical appearance. Amy operates from a Health at Every Size (HAES) framework, where the goal is healthy, joyful living across many categories, and weight loss is not automatically seen as being synonymous with health.

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