Amy MacHarg

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a clinical social worker licensed in the state of Florida and I have seven years of experience working as a counselor with clients having a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, relationship issues and severe persistent mental illness. There is not much I have not had at least some experience with, but when I was starting out I worked mostly with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic related disorders. I studied psychology and studio art at UNC- Wilmington. I loved it so much there that I took summer classes to avoid returning home at the end of spring semesters. I finally returned home to attend NC State University where I studied social work with a mental health concentration. Then I moved to Florida in search of clinical opportunity and sunnier beaches. It was here that I completed my clinical hours and finally became a licensed therapist.

My counseling style is mostly cognitive behavioral with emphasis on visual thought mapping. I have found that when people see their actual thought process displayed in front of them, it allows for greater objectivity and perspective since it is no longer running on repeat inside the mind. Instead it lands somewhere safe which frees the mind up for other things, giving it more capacity to reason. This can be done online in various ways depending on what works for the client. I am very person-centered in my approach, so to me there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to counseling. However, I have pulled together my favorite techniques from evidence based practices including mindful meditation, trauma-based grounding exercises, the solution-focused approach as well as many other tools I will utilize in a custom treatment plan specific to your goals and personality.

I empower my clients by revealing "tools of the trade" for distress tolerance and emotion regulation. Clients of mine are able to practice these techniques beyond the confines of my therapeutic care. This creates opportunity to become one's own therapist. I believe personal growth is something that can always be further developed. I am simply a facilitator in this process whereby I see you as an expert on yourself. I understand that no one actually embraces change until they are ready to do so. I think of myself as a guide nudging you gently in the direction of health, happiness and self-confidence.

I consider myself God's daughter, first and foremost, and am a clinician second. As Christians, a lot of us will carry around "baggage" that we forget has already been bought and paid for by the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. He knows all too well the pains that we go through on a daily basis, talk about the ultimate empath. He bore our sins and suffering so we would not have to. So the good news it does not have to be part of our identities, and does not have to consume us. At the end of the day, it's a good reminder that the burden was never ours to carry. As Max Lucado says in his book, "Give it all to Him," you would not go into a store and pay for something that has already been paid for. So why do it with our insecurities, short-comings or negative thoughts and emotions?


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW 15401 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by E.R. on Aug 08, 2019 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks

Amy has been tuned in and helpful in suggesting tactics and activities to help. Having her as a support system has helped me feel relief.

Written by E.M. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks

Amy is compassionate, knowledgeable, kind and wise. She listens fully and works with you to develop strategies to improve your thought process and emotions. Amy is clearly very experienced in the field and is able to assist in a variety of situations and challenges you may be facing. She has been an absolute blessing to me, and I have noticed huge positive changes in my life and faith since I began working with her.