Amy Miner, LCMHC, is a creative therapist with four years’ clinical experience, although the foundation for this second career began nearly 20 years ago. Amy’s first career was in law enforcement; much of it was spent as a persons’ crimes investigator (focusing on child abuse, sex crimes, domestic violence, etc.) Her time as a patrol officer and detective fueled her desire to shift focus from addressing the crises alone to the healing and growth that can follow.
“Life is messy. Humans are messy. When we embrace this hard truth, we no longer need to be afraid of (or ashamed of) ‘the messy’; we can thrive in spite of it. This is particularly true for teens and their parents when they face ‘messy’ together. It is such an honor to be a part of that journey. These kids keep me young at heart and teach me something new every day. I believe in the value of therapy and believe even more in the kids and families we serve.”
Amy is a systems theorist at heart and believes that when a family heals together, there is greater likelihood of first order/ lasting change. She uses a myriad of interventions and theories, based on the client’s needs, including: DBT, expressive art therapy, experiential interventions, emotion-focused therapy, CBT and ACT. Amy draws heavily on the transactional relationship inherent in a working therapeutic alliance as an agent for change; as well as metaphors and a great deal of humor/easy manner.
Amy earned an associate’s degree from Salt Lake Community College and later a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Argosy University. DBT, CBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, and expressive therapies are among theories and therapies in which she has received training and experience.
Amy is a perpetual student and forever curious. When not at work, she can be found reading about or researching a topic of interest. She also believes in the power of story and metaphor. It is no surprise that she loves a good tale, legends or parables of any kind. She will be the first to “geek out” over learning something new and her interests range from physics and history to photography and crafting.