Amy Robbins is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a wellness speaker and host of Life, Death, and the Space Between podcast.
After fifteen years of seeing the similarities in what SO many people are experiencing – a feeling of disconnection – Amy was inspired to blog these insights, as well as to develop a new series of courses focused on finding deeper connection in life, expected in 2018.
She has developed a strategy for companies to address emotional health beyond common themes of mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction. Her strategies include: using anxiety to one’s advantage, rediscovering your worth, purposeful parenting, using positivity with your partner and setting appropriate boundaries.
Passionate about people experiencing more meaningful connections, Amy has consulted to a foster care agency on practice and purpose in working with challenging clients as well as supervising and training doctoral level students.
Amy’s energy doesn’t end with her psychology practice and working to just help others connect to themselves. Her advocacy goes beyond mental health. Amy believes strongly in a connection to her community. She founded and co-chairs the #1School1Community Initiative in her neighborhood, which works to connect elementary school students to the high school served by her community.
She also serves as elected Vice Chairperson and Secretary of her Local School Board and on the Board of Directors at Gardeneers, a NPO developed to strengthen garden education and existing school curriculum around healthy food in Chicago Public Schools.
It’s Amy’s dream to touch each person she works with, enabling them to follow her lead in engaging and living life to its fullest through positive connection.
As a clinical psychologist, I am passionate about truly helping people permanently transform their lives from the inside out. I have successfully worked with hundreds of clients over the past 15 years to help them identify where in their lives they are stuck and help them to move forward. Each person who I speak with, whether in my office, in a presentation, or at a school meeting, is an individual with his/her own story to tell. My hope is always the same. To help you:
LEARN TO BETTER MANAGE:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Self confidence
- Intimacy in your relationships
- Clarity in all areas of your life
“Connection is the energy created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued – when they can give and receive without judgement”
If any of the above issues resonate with you, then now is the time to make YOUR emotional health a priority. Often times, people feel like they have to wait until there is some “massive crisis” that completely derails them. This is NOT the case. Life is challenging and if you ask for help (that is the hardest part, I know) before letting things get too far, you can prevent life’s daily stresses from developing into more.
After listening to years of stories, I have found certain themes; what this tells me is that we need more connection in order to face challenges in everyday living. While I believe that therapy is an important part in almost everyone’s path to growth, I also recognize that not everyone has the means or the time to devote to therapy. That’s why I’m so passionate about this: courses to begin that journey. These are not intended to replace therapy, but rather to help you explore in your own time some of these themes that seem common to the everyday human. The best part? You will begin to see changes that are transformational, and you will start to see the world through a different lens. Everyday stresses will start to melt away. You will feel more alive, fulfilled, connected, confident, calm and loved.
Looking forward to helping you get more connected.
LET’S EXPLORE LIFE, DEATH, AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS.
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Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She went on to pursue her Master and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Amy’s training was in community mental health clinics in the Chicagoland area. This provided her with the opportunity to see a wide range of the human condition and suffering. Amy completed her Internship and Postdoctoral training at Jewish Child and Family Services.
Amy was trained psychodynamically, meaning that she helps you understand your unconscious thoughts, feelings, and reactions to various happenings in your life by bringing them into your consciousness (awareness). This way, you can respond to situations and make decisions in your present life from a place of awareness and understanding with a clear presence of mind (some call this mindfulness). Amy integrates relational theories into her work as she examines how your previous relationships impact your current relationships. Amy considers each person an individual and treats them as such. Furthermore, Amy also probes deeper believing that the human mind is not detached from the rest of the body and soul and when appropriate, she integrates spirituality as well as possible referrals to other health professionals to see how other bodily systems may also be impacting your mind.
In addition to her private practice, Amy has also has given wellness presentations at various companies throughout the Chicagoland area including, Accenture, Weber Shandwick, and Katten,Muchin, Rosenman, LLP. The reception she received at these presentations is what ultimately propelled her to write courses that could impact people on a larger scale and help people learn to MAKE THEIR EMOTIONAL HEALTH A PRIORITY.