About Amy

AmyLKopelEducation

I have a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I completed two years of a doctorate program in Sociology from Indiana University in Bloomington, before deciding that I wanted to take a different direction in my career. My perspective lent itself more to the Systems Theory which Social Work embraces, allowing me to take into account all aspects of the individual from the familial, social, biological, experiential and cultural. In 1988, I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Experience

I have been working for over twenty years with a varied population and in a range of settings. I have worked in family’s homes, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, day hospital programs for adolescents, and a community mental health center. In addition to my private practice, I worked for nine years at the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Family Support Services conducting Child Access Evaluations when court ordered in high conflict cases. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and families using the present as a guide to uncover their strengths.

My Approach to Therapy

In my practice I offer a safe and caring atmosphere where the client and I work collaboratively to gain insight and understanding to foster individual change. I use an eclectic approach to therapy tailoring the treatment style or modality to the needs of the client. My approach has been defined as more active than some – I believe in building a rapport which allows the client to feel they can speak freely, feel heard and come to believe someone understands. Therapy is an active process and I believe in bringing to light the internal messages that are in our heads (some that we may not be aware of are playing), understand how we emotionally respond to them, so we can decide if we want to listen or change the recording to one that is kinder, gentler and altogether nicer.

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