Amy Anderson’s foundational belief (and experience) is that children want to be healthy and will do the work necessary to process trauma and develop healthier behaviors when provided with appropriate support to do so.
She also recognizes that parents love their children and are doing their best. They may also need help to create a safe, nurturing environment and help to understand their child’s behavior. Parenting is a difficult job! Parent coaching or family therapy can be very helpful in addition to therapy for the child.
Amy is a licensed professional counselor with 30 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Allegheny College, Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Marymount University and also has a Master’s in Social Ethics from Yale University.
She also completed the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor.
She worked as a Senior Clinician for Fairfax County Mental Health, first with adults with Serious Mental Illness and then, for 16 years, with young children doing mostly trauma work with them as well as parent coaching and support. For part of that time she also provided treatment at a Fairfax County Public School special education preschool. She also worked for Fairfax County Emergency Services providing crisis intervention in the community. Before joining Fairfax County, Amy worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s adult inpatient psychiatric unit providing therapy, including expressive therapies and cognitive therapy.
Amy has specialized training and years of experience in Non-directive Child-Centered Play Therapy, Trauma-focused Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sand Tray, Adoption and Attachment, CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She works primarily with children as young as 2 years old to the age of 10.
In addition to therapy, Amy enjoys providing clinical supervision to clinicians working toward LPC licensure and with those who wish to become Registered Play Therapists.