HI! My name is Annmarie Amlick, and I'm a licensed mental health counselor practicing telehealth in the state of New York. I work with adults and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues using client centered, insight oriented, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
My approach to therapy depends on my client's needs and goals. I use client centered approaches to help the client feel unconditionally accepted within the therapy relationship. This comfort can help facilitate useful insights that aid in the facilitation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that can help clients feel more in control of their thought and emotions to begin to feel better.
Though I have many years of experience working with clients with a variety of issues, I feel my therapeutic style works best with adults who are struggling with concerns related to self esteem, anxiety, and parenting and relationship issues. We all struggle with these problems to varying degrees, but it's easy to get stuck in patterns of maladaptive thinking that leave us feeling frustrated and unhappy. I enjoy helping clients sift through these thoughts and make discoveries that help propel them forward or find greater appreciation and acceptance of who they already are.
My communication style
I strive for sessions with me feel more like a conversation than a monologue. I'm warm and accepting, but can also be direct and will give you feedback if I think it's helpful in the moment. I like to use humor when appropriate to create a relaxed environment, even virtually, where my clients feel safe and heard.
My journey to therapy
Sometimes goals are clear from the beginning but sometimes are harder to define and may take time to develop. Some even change over time. My approach to goal setting is to work together to define what is more important to the client. I never want clients to feel that they are working towards what I think they need, rather what will help them be happier and more fulfilled in their lives.
My goals for you
During our first session I'll spend the time getting to know you and what you're seeking from therapy. I'll ask a lot of questions to get a better idea of how you've been feeling recently and what may have led to those feelings, along with any details from your past which might be relevant that you're comfortable sharing. I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have about us working together. The first session is mainly an opportunity to get to know one another and make sure my approach is a good fit for your needs.