Amalia resides in Portland, OR together with her husband of 13 years and her two daughters. Inspired by her own life experiences, her passion is working with young children with special needs and their parents. When not studying or offering therapy services, you will find her hiking one of the many trails in urban parks in Portland, taking day trips with her family, or reading.
She is currently attending the last year of the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Major coursework includes: Equity in Family Therapy, Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders, Family Development, Group Counseling with Adults and Children. The Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program at Lewis and Clark is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-9808
As a therapist I believe in all people’s inherent desire and potential to become their best, higher selves. Drawing from professional expertise and personal experiences, my role is to provide a supportive environment where we can facilitate personal growth by assisting clients in defining their needs and resources, and reaching their personal goals; these goals will be set together with the therapist according to each client’s specific concerns or reasons for entering counseling. Joining together through difficult life transitions, we will explore relationships, specific contexts and behaviors in order to identify patterns that might be preventing personal growth from taking place. I specialize in working with families with children with special needs of all ages; when appropriate, I use creative approaches like play and art therapy. I also have expertise in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger issues in individuals and families.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment