Marriage Family Therapy Associate. Supervised by Christine Willeford.
Amy Keala is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working under the supervision of Christine Willeford, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Amy takes an authentic, and compassionate approach to therapy, providing a safe and non-judgemental space for her clients to explore issues and life challenges. She strongly believes in each of our abilities to meet obstacles in life, learn from them and turn them into some of our greatest opportunities for growth. Her goal is to assist her clients in gaining insight, tools, strength, and self-compassion that will help their lives and relationships to flourish.
Amy enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals, including children and adolescents. She believes that the struggles young people face need special attention and care. She works with adolescents who are navigating challenges in areas such as managing anxiety, learning to deal with depression, social and life issues, developing resilience and self-esteem, and learning how to make choices that bring joy. Amy also has experience working with teens who struggle with addiction and their families.
Amy uses a holistic and multi-disciplined approach to therapy. These include looking at family systems, mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and other methods.
What is an AMFT?
An AMFT is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. An AMFT has completed a qualifying Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is now a professional practicing therapy but gaining the experience required prior to licensure. AMFT’s are registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and practice under the supervision of a trained and licensed therapist. This means that an AMFT meets with their licensed supervisor on a weekly basis consulting on each client and receives guidance and any necessary training to ensure that the therapy the clients receive is in accordance with California law, ethics, and standards.