Amber Englund, MA, LMHC
I am a dreamer, creator, and soul-filled lover of the arts and play. I believe this is why I often move toward the crowd of children in a room before talking with the adults. Kids have a way of embracing wonder and truth with a sincere honesty that I respect.
I have lived in Washington my entire life and am still love-struck by its beauty. Many of the rituals and rhythms that I practice involve the sights, sounds, and smells that surround us here. As you get to know me, you will learn some of these practices such as the sound of my Native American flute and the smell of dragon food.
Credentials & Education
I am a licensed mental health counselor. I graduated from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. I received my Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish from the University of Washington. I have been trained in Promoting First Relationships through the University of Washington to provide a 10-week curriculum for parents and their infant or toddler to better attune to each other’s social-emotional needs. I have a developmental lens that also draws from perspectives of Object-Relations, Family Systems, and Depth Psychology.
Working in homes, classrooms, offices, and the community for more than 10 years, I continue to delight in the spirit of children as they use play, color, body, movement and toys to orchestrate their worlds in meaning making. My role as a therapist is not to direct children into the adult world but slow down adults and invite them into the lens of children - their own or the forgotten childhood-self within them.
In creating a therapeutic space using symbols and imagination that allows for open play and storytelling, we can observe, reflect, and make change without words. Then in wondering together, we can listen deeply and begin to link meaning to the images and metaphors that arise. This creates opportunities for us to name and reauthor stories, as well as provide healing to the stories of pain and replace them with hope.
It is a fierce and tender world - that of the child - so let us journey together, wonder wildly, and courageously play.
Learn more about Amber at http://www.amberenglund.com/