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Amy Hamilton, Clinical Intern

Prior to joining The True Self Healing low-fee clinic, Amy’s work focused on the treatment of eating disorders, with her clients. She incorporated Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), aspects of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory, Jungian informed therapy, attachment theory, and garden/art therapy. Amy’s focus with her clients is recovering the authentic connection with their true selves, which is often sacrificed in the effort to survive traumatic experiences. She unites diverse traditions such as Sufism, Anthroposophy, and Buddhism/mindfulness in her psychodynamic approach to counseling.

Amy’s passion for supporting healing in those whom she serves is rooted in her connection with the natural world. It is central to her work with her clients. This theme of healing through connection to the natural world had been with Amy throughout her varied career in farming, cooking, and working with traditional medicine therapies such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She credits this natural connection with bringing her clients deep and gratifying change.

Originally from the ocean-side town of Savannah, Ga, Amy moved to Asheville 24 years ago. Having cultivated a rich agricultural community in Asheville, Amy pursued and graduated from UNC-Asheville in 2008 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, specialized concentration in Ethnobotany. After graduation, she spent many years farming and nurturing her growing, young son. Noting the potent healing power inherent in one’s relationship with nature, Amy began a Masters program in counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she currently attends.

Amy believes in the innate impulse within each of us for healing. She believes in the uniqueness of this process to grow toward wholeness. Amy is dedicated to serving her clients with compassion, respect, and steadfast devotion. She appreciates facilitating the healing journey for her clients, using integrative approaches in order to further self-exploration and discovery.