Amy V. Smith, MS, LMHC, RPT, NCC

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Qualifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor #10452

Registered Play Therapist

National Certified Counselor

Co-Owner Life Skills Resource Group

Specialized Training

Sand Tray Play Therapy, 60 hours specialized training

Behavior Therapy Training Institute, 21 hours specialized OCD training

AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Levels 1-3

 

 

Contact Info

Call 407-355-7378

amyvsmith@me.com

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Amy V. Smith helps children, teens, adults, and families, through individual and family counseling

Child, Adolescent, Teen, and Adult Counseling, Play Therapy, Sand Tray

Do you feel that you or your child struggles with communicating wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings? Would you or your child benefit from the chance to build confidence and learn new tools to be successful in life? Have you lost hope in your ability to help yourself or your child? Do you feel like anxiety and depression are taking up a large part of your day?

If any of this feels like you, know there is help. You or your child deserve a life filled with happiness, confidence, and the motivation to live your dreams. It is my passion to help children, adolescents, teens, and adults find balance while they are struggling with life-changing events, past trauma, and the daily pressures in their lives. I believe active listening, empathy, and the therapeutic relationship provide the foundation for positive change through counseling.

I understand that everyone wants the best in life for their child, their self, and their family; sometimes they just need guidance, support, new ideas, and hope. My work focuses on helping children, teens, adolescents, adults, and families through individual and family counseling. My clinical experience has included helping others to address stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm, defiance, anger, grief and loss, ADHD, divorce, low self-esteem, social skills, co-dependence, communication skills, and more.

My approach is to offer a non-judgmental space for you or your child to identify patterns, blocks, and coping skills that are either working or not working in your life. Once these have been identified new tools can be introduced to replace the ones that are not serving you. Through collaboration, assigned homework, and the therapeutic process we will come up with strategies and tools to help you safely move through your feelings and emotions. In working together you or your child can gain the confidence needed to express wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings in a way that is healthy for you. It is my philosophy that with awareness and a positive outlook, change can happen. My goal is the tools you learn will carry on long after our work together is complete.

In my work with children, adolescents, and some teens I understand sometimes they do not have the words to express their wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings. The therapeutic powers of play offer an opportunity to my clients to prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. I integrate Play Therapy, Sand Tray Play Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy in sessions because play is essentially words for kids. I collaborate with parents and children to implement skills and tools that will help the entire family grow through increased communication and working together as a team. The play therapy room in my office is both inviting and therapeutic for my clients, which helps facilitate positive change.

When life is a struggle and change is taking place life can be more difficult. You don’t have to do it alone. I can partner with you, your family, or your child to help through the difficult times and help gain the strength needed to be successful and happy. Counseling can change your life. It may not be easy, but the reward is often reconnecting with your stronger, more confident self. How could that be bad?

I believe you have already taken the first step by spending time on this site. It would be my honor to help you the rest of the way.

I can be reached by phone at 407-355-7378 or e-mail amyvsmith@me.com for a free phone consultation or to set an appointment.

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Credentials:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor state of Florida MH #10452

Registered Play Therapist

National Certified Counselor #279253

Education:

Troy University

Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, May 2008

University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, December 2001

Experience:

Life Skills Resource Group

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Co-Owner

ESTEEM Academy

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Behavioral Support Services

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

KidsKonnect

Group Facilitator

A Better Therapy

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare

Forensic Liaison

Intensive Case Manager

Additional Post Graduate Education:

Qualified Supervisor Training, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, February, 2012

Behavior Therapy Training Institute, UNC Chapel Hill, 2011

AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Level 3, Orlando, FL, 2011

AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Level 1 & 2, Orlando, FL, 2010

Certified Prepare Enrich Facilitator, Troy University, Orlando, FL, April, 2009

Professional Associations:

International OCD Foundation

National Board of Certified Counselors

American Counseling Association

Association for Play Therapy

Leadership Roles:

Florida Counseling Association

Secretary- 2010-2011- Florida Counseling Association

President- 2010-2011- Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Secretary- 2009-2010- Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Newsletter Chair-2009-2010 – Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Committee Member- 2010- Leadership Development Conference

Membership Chair, Florida Counseling Association, 2009-2010

Chi Sigma Tau Upsilon– Board Member- 2009-2010

Seminars and Workshops Presented:

Counselor Wellness and the Emotional Freedom Technique

Chi Sigma Iota, Troy University Orlando, Sept. 2011

Stress, Anxiety, Worry- What to Do With It

Girls Empowerment Workshop, Orlando, FL July 2011

Getting Back to Basics

Leadership Development Conference- Florida Counseling Association, June 2010

Empowering All Facets of Counseling: What Mental Health and School Counselors Can Learn from Each Other

Florida Counseling Association 60th Anniversary Convention, Nov. 2009

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cherokee School, 2009

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Cherokee School, 2009

Continuing Education:

Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 5

Sean Jennings, Psy.D. & Aimee Jennings, LMHC, The Institute of Playful Healing, July, 2014

Telling Therapeutic Stories in the Sand Tray: The Moving Stories Play Therapy Method

Sue Carroll Duffy, Psy.D., RPT-S, Florida Association for Play Therapy, February  2014.

Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 4

Sean Jennings, Psy.D. & Aimee Jennings, LMHC, The Institute of Playful Healing, Sept, 2013. 

Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 3

Sean Jennings, Psy.D. & Aimee Jennings, LMHC, The Institute of Playful Healing, Aug, 2013.

Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 2

Sean Jennings, Psy.D. & Aimee Jennings, LMHC, The Institute of Playful Healing, July, 2013.

Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 1

Sean Jennings, Psy.D. & Aimee Jennings, LMHC, The Institute of Playful Healing, July, 2013.

Practical DBT Strategies for the Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injury

Pre-Conference at the 8th Annual International Society for the Study of Self-Injury Convention, DBT Centre of Vancouver, INC., June, 2013.

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy Interventions: Healing Trauma and Building Resilience

Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, Florida Association for Play Therapy, March, 2013

Foundations of Disaster Mental Health Training

David J. Romano, Ph.D., American Red Cross, University of Central Florida, February, 2013

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshop

Patricia Bach, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, January, 2013

Ethics and Boundaries

Elite Continuing Education, January, 2013

Domestic Violence

Elite Continuing Education, December, 2012

Medical Errors

Elite Continuing Education, December, 2012

The Future of the Clinical Mental Health Profession

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, February, 2012

Positive Psychology: Applying the Science of Happiness

Bob Decker, MA, LMHC, March, 2012

Stand Up and Be Counted- FCA 61st Annual Convention

Florida Counseling Association, November, 2010

Suicide Prevention

University of South Florida, March, 2010

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy

American Counseling Association, March, 2010

Leadership Development Conference

Florida Counseling Association, June, 2010

Celebrating All Facets of Counseling- FCA 60th Annual Convention

Florida Counseling Association, November, 2009

Solutions for Oppositional Defiance Disorder

Jim West, LMHC, PSI Youth Services, September, 2009

The Hook Up Mentality

Jim West, LMHC, PSI Youth Services, August 2009

Princess Disorder

Tori Kelley, Ph.D., LMHC, PSI Youth Services, July, 2009

Extreme Make-Over- FCA Leadership Development Conference

Florida Counseling Association, June, 2009

How to Manage A Public Shooting Incident and Understanding the Psychology of Shooters

Dwight Bain, PSI Youth Services, June, 2009

An Integrated Approach to Treating Abused and Traumatized Children

Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, Florida Association for Play Therapy, May, 2009

Understanding Medical Necessity

Behavioral Support Services, Inc., April, 2009

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Debbie Coleman, PSI Youth Services, April, 2009

Reactive Attachment Disorder & Treatment

Charles Stevens, Psy.D., PSI Youth Services, April 2009

Cyber Crimes

Catherine Marlow, Sector Chief Child Predator Cyber Crimes Unit & Frank Heinzman, investigations, PSI Youth Services, March 2009

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

CE Units at Home, January, 2009

Counselors: Riding the Wave of Change- FCA 59th Annual Convention

Florida Counseling Association, November, 2008

Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale

University of South Florida, April, 2007

AIDS Update

Winter Park Tech, June 2006, June 2005, May 2004

Functional Assessment Rating Scale

University of South Florida, May 2005

Women and Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, December, 2004

Co-Occurring Disorders in Persons in the Justice System

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, December, 2004

Responsive Services and Supports for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, November, 2004

Adolescents and Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, November, 2004

Co-Occurring Disorders Among Older Adults

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, November, 2004

Evidence-Based Treatment Models for C0-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, September, 2004

Creating Treatment Programs for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, August, 2004

Understanding the Needs of Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, June, 2004

Issues and Techniques in the Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders

University of South Florida, CMH Online Education, June, 2004?.

Medicaid Managed Care Training

Florida Department of Children and Families, January, 2003

OSS and Community Living Support Plan Training for Limited Mental Health Licensed Assisted Living Facilities

Florida DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office, December, 2003

Heartsaver CPR

American Heart Association, Winter Park Tech, June, 2004

Person to Person CCMS Case Manager Training

Florida Department of Children and Families, May, 2002

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