Amy Parent, LCSW

I worked at Walden Behavioral Care in the adolescent PHP/IOP program for over 3 years before transitioning to the inpatient eating disorder unit at Rockville General Hospital. In these settings I loved building relationships with adolescents and pre-teens, and I felt honored to work within the family system as part of the Family Based Treatment model. I really appreciate the holistic approach to therapy and working with the family as a unit to address problems. Eating disorder treatment is unique in that eating disorders never travel alone, rather they become the manifestation of other issues and conditions. Therefore, I am well versed in treating anxiety disorders, trauma, grief, issues related to self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept, identity development, transitions to and from life stages, divorce and contentious family situations, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, depression, suicidal ideation, borderline personality disorder, self-injurious behavior, and substance use and abuse. I have also worked with clients presenting with active psychosis and schizophrenia.

After exiting the eating disorder world, I worked as a school social worker in Hartford Public Schools where I supported students and families with issues related to poverty, incarceration, social justice, grief, ADHD, anxiety, Autism, depression, behavior modification, and trauma. I connected families to much needed community resources and provided family support and education to empower families with parenting and behavior changes in the home. Most recently I worked at CCSU as a student counselor where career and academic uncertainty, family challenges, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief were the main issues I encountered. I supported students through the Covid-19 crisis as we collectively transitioned to distance learning and quarantine.

I am at the tail end of becoming a registered yoga teacher (200 hour) which has provided me with the tools to bridge mindfulness and physical practices as well as breathing practices into my therapeutic approach. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are my main focus professionally and personally, and I hope to incorporate these practices into my work with clients whenever possible. I was able to use these practices with students ages 3 to 12 while working in school settings and utilized them in eating disorder treatment as well. And most recently I taught mindfulness and breathing practices to the college students with whom I worked while at CCSU.

contact@griffincounselingct.com
860-709-0697

475 Buckland Rd.
South Windsor, CT 06074

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