AMY E. BROWN, MS, CADC, LPC, CCTP, SAP
Welcome and thanks for stopping by!
I put this site together to give folks some information about me, my approach to therapy, the services I provide, and how to access resources on mental health and substance abuse issues.
I am an experienced trauma-certified therapist, mental-health counselor, addictions counselor,
and DOT-SAP in West Chester, PA.
Feel free to contact me with feedback about this site or questions about my practice.
Everyone goes through stressful transitions, complicated relationships,
and difficult periods at some point in his or her life.
Sometimes, talking with friends and family just isn’t enough.
Therapists can offer objective feedback, guidance, and support to
help make life challenges easier to manage.
Therapy can provide a safe, private space in which to vent, problem-solve,
and process difficult relationships or events.
Therapy often helps people better understand themselves,
manage uncomfortable feelings, and make positive changes.
Therapy may help you feel better, cope more effectively with stress,
and develop a more fulfilling life.
What’s my approach to therapy?
Like many therapists, my style is eclectic.
I use a mix of well-honed techniques from several
established psychotherapy models.
I am trauma-certified and LGBT-friendly.
Much of my work is based on cognitive behavioral, family systems,
person-centered, and relational therapies. I utilize
evidence-based trauma interventions as well as
well-researched relapse-prevention protocols.*
I recognize that my clients and I are equal partners in the therapeutic relationship and am fully committed to helping each person
navigate his or her unique journey.
I tailor my approach to each person’s needs and issues, though my general approach is active and relationship-oriented.
I’m often described as easy to talk to, down-to-earth, affable, caring,
friendly, and professional with a good sense of humor.
Most importantly, clients report that they feel comfortable,
understood, and safe in my office.
*Goodtherapy.org has really good information about dozens of
therapy models as well as what good, ethical therapy looks like.
My areas of expertise include:
- Adolescents and young adults
- Anxiety disorders
- Co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis)
- DOT-SAP assessments
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Mood disorders
- Professionals in recovery
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
- Substance use
The best therapy occurs within a context of non-judgmental concern, genuine warmth, and committed listening. It’s critical to have a therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe, respected, and heard.
Please don’t settle for anything less.
I am deeply honored that the overwhelming majority of my clients were referred by other clients.
You can learn more about my education, experience, and services by checking out my resume and visiting this website page.
You’ll probably gain some sense of my personality and style
as you read through the pages on this site.
Do I come across as someone with whom you might feel comfortable?
Think about that as you look around this website.
All therapists have different styles.
No single therapist is right for everyone.
I encourage people to “shop around” when looking for a therapist.
Call a few therapists.
What do you notice?
Did they return your call within 24 hours or less?
Do they seem warm and approachable?
Can you sense their interest and concern?
Do they respectfully and directly answer your questions?
Do they have experience and training with the issues you’re concerned about?
Looking for a therapist can be a lot like looking for the right pair of shoes.
You may need to try several styles before you find one that seems just right for you.
If you sense we might be a potentially “good fit”, please call or email me to
arrange a free, confidential, and no-obligation telephone consultation.
You’ll find my contact information at the bottom of each page.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!