Amy Holmes is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia (#APC005648). Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Kennesaw State University in 2012 and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Liberty University with a concentration in Substance Abuse and Trauma in 2015. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
Amy has experience counseling individuals, families, couples, and groups in a variety of settings. These settings include private practice, adolescent partial hospitalization program, and in-patient hospitalization. She has worked with child, adolescent, and adult populations along a spectrum of concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, and ODD.
Amy’s approach to therapy is eclectic, in that she uses a variety of theoretical approaches to meet the many needs of her clients. A few of the central theories applied are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies within a framework of dialectical methods. DBT integrates for main components: Mindfulness, the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment; Distress Tolerance, how to tolerate pain in difficult situations without trying to change it; Interpersonal Effectiveness, how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others; and Emotion Regulation, how to manage negative and overwhelming emotions while increasing positive experiences.
Person-Centered Therapy is a counseling approach that requires the client to take an active role in his or her treatment with the therapist being nondirective and supportive. In Person-Centered Therapy, the client determines the course and direction of treatment, while the therapist clarifies the client’s responses to promote self-understanding and healing. Person-Centered therapists work to help clients lead full lives of self-understanding; they help to reduce defensiveness, guilt, and insecurity, and they help to promote positive and comfortable relationships with others with an increased capacity to experience and express their feelings.
Areas of Expertise:
* Children (3 and up)
* Adolescent Issues
* Bipolar Disorder
* Duel Diagnosis
* Family Issues
* Relationship Issues
* Substance Abuse
* Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Women’s Issues