My name is Amy F. Emery and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker within the state of Connecticut. In 2014, I opened Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Counseling Services, LLC, a private practice in Southington, which offers supportive psychotherapy.
I have always possessed a passion and drive for helping individuals achieve positive changes in their lives, along with a commitment to social justice and human rights. I have a wide spectrum of experiences, including working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, throughout the life span, and in a variety of settings, and my work has always been devoted to decreasing stressors, and increasing quality of life.
Today, my practice has a strong focus on the LGBTQ* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Pansexual, Intersex, Asexual, etc.) community. One of the main clinical specialties offered is gender affirming care, in which a safe space is offered to transgender, gender diverse, and gender non-conforming individuals to explore and better understand their gender identity and expression, and support around living authentically and wholeheartedly. I have been working with transgender, gender diverse, and gender non-conforming individuals, along with family members and significant others since 2014, and support individuals with examining their personal identity and assisting them in moving forward in life, however they determine that to be.
Since late 2015/ early 2016, I have utilized Brene Brown’s research around shame, authenticity and wholehearted living to support my clients in living their best lives; from seeing the powerful impact it had on my clients, in 2017, I moved forward and obtained certification in her work as a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. This has helped me better support my clients around topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness, and this work invites them to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
In 2012, I became trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), to provide evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers, followed by completion of certification in 2014. In 2016, I became a Life is Good Playmaker, to further help children heal from the impact of early childhood trauma. In 2019, I continued trauma and stressor treatment through completion of EMDR training under Karen Alter-Reid, Ph.D. at National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and I am currently working on certification.
ASSOCIATIONS/ MEMBERSHIPS & TRAININGS/ CERTIFICATIONS
.....Providing a helping hand for living a better life.
Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Counseling Services
Master's Degree of Social Work, May 2006, Springfield College, School of Social Work, Springfield, MA
Bachelor’s Degree of Science, December 2003, Springfield College, School of Human Service, Springfield, MA