I am a co-creator of Therapy Space and have practiced psychotherapy in the US and Canada. My formative training was in Creative Arts Therapy, and I have had the privilege of working in a variety of clinical, community, and educational settings.
I believe therapy is a space to develop strengths and resources, as well as examining problems and personal struggles. I enjoy working in a creative and collaborative way with people to support insight and foster positive change in areas of struggle and pain. I see my job as applying psychotherapy skills so that individuals experience growth and increased sense of well-being, while remaining the expert of their lives.
I specialize in treating adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and transition challenges which typically manifest through relationship, career, and academic problems. I also have extensive experience with children and adolescent issues.
Adults face complex issues that change over time. Issues involving life transitions, education and work, and family and relationships.
- Anxiety/Excessive Worry
- Disordered Thinking
- Adjustment to Life Transitions
- Disordered Eating/Healthy Lifestyle
- Career Guidance
- Sexuality/LGBT issues
- Trauma Informed (TF-CBT)
The teenage years are full of life, change, and challenges. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults, examining challenges and supporting positive self esteem and growth . I may incorporate creative arts therapy as developmentally appropriate or requested by the client.
- Healthy Life Choices
- Self Esteem
- Emotional Development
- Academic achievement
- Communication Skills
Insurance and Fees:
My aim is to provide best possible access to therapy. I am an in-network provider for the following insurance companies, and offer billing for pre-tax medical spending accounts.
- The Alliance (UW SHIP);
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield;
- HealthPartners MN;
More about Me:
I received my Master’s in Psychotherapy par les Arts from Concordia University in Montreal Quebec Canada. During my graduate work I received a research assistantship with The Center for Arts in Human Development; and completed clinical internships at Maimonides Hospital and Batshaw Family Services.
I enjoy research and was a co-researcher with the Biography Laboratory Project; a multi-year action research project investigating post modern approaches in Narrative Therapy. In additional to clinical work with Montreal Children’s Hospital and in private practice, I was a trainer for Concordia University’s Summer Institute in Community Development. I hold certifications in cross -cultural Mental Health practices from McGill University’s Transcultural Psychiatry.
Since moving to Madison I have worked in a state certified Mental Health Clinic, as Health and Wellness Trainer to Wisconsin State Agencies, and Board President of Hancock Center for Dance Movement Therapy.
Amy Thomas, LPC
“I saw Amy for three years and she helped me change my life. She brings a gentleness and warmth to her practice which created a safe enviroment for me to explore my issues, learn, and grow. I cannot thank her enough.”
“I reached out to Amy when I was at a very low point in my life – miserable at my job, unhappy in my current living situation wanting to move across the country, but feeling paralyzed in making decisions motivated by myself and not the people around me. I was having severe anxiety and completely lost in how to get to a place I desired to be. Now, I am at a new job, a new city, and have never felt more proud of myself. I could not have gotten here without Amy and I truly owe it to her. She allowed a space for me to put myself first, helped me unpack my anxiety and my struggle in making decisions, and helped me deconstruct my dreams into smaller, achievable steps. I would recommend Amy and Therapy Space to anyone and everyone who is looking to find support, grow as a person, and to make space for yourself. ” -Maggie C.
photo credit Bobbie Harte