Amy Zoloth, MA, LMHC, CDP
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 1997, my Master’s Degree in Family Systems Counseling in 2006. I have worked in many community mental health agencies, treatment programs, including long-term in-patient programs, alcohol and drug treatment programs doing dual diagnosis work, as an adolescent and family therapist practicing Functional Family Therapy, as a group facilitator, and as an individual therapist. I have training in trauma informed approaches to treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, PTSD and Addiction modalities including Seeking Safety, Functional Family therapy, crisis intervention, self-harm, suicidal ideation, symptom management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and twelve step recovery work.
My personal counseling theory for the treatment of addiction and mental health includes the theory and practice of Carl Rogers’ Person Centered Therapy as my guiding foundation. My personal views and beliefs around the treatment of addiction and mental health may also be sprinkled with Developmental Psychology, Systems Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am dedicated to my own personal and professional growth and am continually seeking education and training that can both challenge me and benefit my clients.
I believe strongly that each client that steps before me is an individual and must be understood and treated as such. As a clinician, I am versed in many schools of thought and practice so that I am able to give the best care. I believe each individual client is capable of changing their own situation and claiming a healthy life. Strength based in nature; the focus is more on a client’s strengths than their deficits. This is so important in tapping and sustaining one’s motivation for change. What unique qualities does each client possess that will foster their growth and recovery? How can I help them to own and illuminate them? It will be a different answer for each client I meet, but the general framework will be the same. To see each client as an individual, establish a genuine, respectful therapeutic relationship, show them empathy, listen reflectively and help clarify, highlight their strengths, and underline their power to change.
I live a fairly quiet life. I am married with three children and have lived in the Northwest for most of my life aside from travel and college. I enjoy cooking, working outside in the garden (getting dirty), walking and hiking with our family dogs, camping, kayaking, reading, and spending time with family.