Amy Robbins

Bio

Amy Robbins, a Marietta-based LPC, RPT-S, and EMDR therapy clinician, has been providing therapeutic services to Marietta area children, teens, adults and families since 1997.

Amy sees adults for a variety of reasons including divorce, relationships, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, etc. Amy strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths and dreams.

In Marietta, Amy has a specialty certification as a Registered Play Therapist / Supervisor (RPT-S). This is a distinction held by less than 50 individuals in the State of Georgia, making Amy Robbins Counselling a great asset to the Marietta area. For more information about Play Therapy, please visit the Amy Glossary of Services. Additional Play Therapy information is also available at this website - (www.a4pt.org)

Amy Robbins is also EMDR Therapy certified and has an interest in utilizing this technique when clinically appropriate. At her Marietta-based counseling center, Amy has found EMDR Therapy very helpful in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, self esteem, anxiety, and when one "feels stuck". For information on EMDR Therapy in the Marietta area, please refer to the Glossary of Services. Additional information can also be found at this website - (www.emdr.com)



In addition, Amy runs several clinical supervision groups for counselors working on their LPC and/or RPT. Amy’s clinical supervision groups are located in Marietta. Amy is Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (CPCS), licensed through LPCA of Georgia.

Outside of the office, Amy likes to hike, read, practice yoga, kayak and spend time with friends and family.

706-406-3404 or amyrobbinsLPC@gmail.com


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Glossary of Services by Amy Robbins Counseling



What do all of those letters and acronyms after Amy Robbins' name mean?

This glossary provides concise, relevant information about the services Amy offers to the Marietta area and the clinical certifications she possesses. Professionals in the counseling field know what all of these acronyms and titles mean by second nature. Yet, for the benefit of the casual reader and potential clients, Amy has drawn up some brief descriptions of her Marietta-based services and qualifications.

LPC
Amy Robbins is an Marietta area Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). To qualify as an LPC, an individual must possess a graduate degree, complete advanced training, garner extensive clinical work experience, and pass a Georgia state-certified licensing examination.

Play Therapy with Children/RPT

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Amy Robbins is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) serving the greater Marietta area. Play Therapy is a treatment method which utilizes a child's most powerful learning tool: playing. It has long been known that playing is a natural part of human learning and development. Children instinctively use play to learn about themselves, their physical world, and their relationships in the world. Play Therapy harnesses the learning and curative power of play to help children address and resolve their own challenges. Play Therapy gives children a safe psychological distance from their problems, encouraging problem-solving skills, interpersonal communication, and adaptive behavior, particularly when faced with social or emotional skill deficits. Play Therapy empowers children to express their feelings, thoughts, and troubles, even when they do not yet have the verbal language to do so. In Play Therapy, toys act as the child's words and play is the child's language. Play Therapy is also useful for promoting cognitive development, as well as helping children reach their own insights into ways of resolving dysfunctional thinking and inner conflicts.



Individual Therapy for Adolescents
Teens experience a great deal of change simultaneously in their young lives. Hormones trigger unprecedented physical changes, including sexual consciousness. Their social lives become more complex and less centered around the parental units. Their cognitive and emotional abilities grow as drastically as their bodies, and a more mature sense of self begins to emerge. Adolescence is characterized by young people exploring their own personal power and the responsibilities that come with that new power. Teens often struggle with how to know their own needs and communicate them assertively, how to resolve conflict peacefully, and how to make beneficial choices. All of this happens to young adults at once, in a rather short window of time! Individual adolescent therapy entails one-on-one time between the counselor and the teenager, helping teens get a handle on their new personal landscape. Serving the Marietta area, Amy Robbins Counseling is dedicated to equipping adolescents with tools and techniques for embracing their growth and transformation in stride.

Individual Therapy for Adults
Change does not stop at adolescence. Once we reach adulthood the new landscape of emotional autonomy is not so new anymore, but still subject to shocks, challenges, and changes. To stay in balance, an individual must make occasional adjustments. Individual adult therapy encourages adults to examine personal experiences, thoughts, behaviors, and feelings which may be undermining their own happiness. Through individual adult therapy, Marietta-based Amy helps individuals to identify their problems, break them into manageable parts, and tackle the issues thoroughly and consistently. Individual adult therapy can also help adults find ways to enhance their personal support system and improve relationships with themselves and others in their Marietta area community. Some common adult challenges include:
  • Beating depression
  • Processing and healing after trauma, grief, or loss
  • Managing anger and anxiety
  • Finding and cultivating satisfying, healthy intimate relationships
  • Exploring and embracing major life changes, such as marriage or parenthood
  • Enhancing self knowledge and communicating your needs clearly and genuinely
  • Cultivating your empathy, to comprehend what is going on in someone else's mind
  • Reflecting on what you truly value and formulating realistic ways to live by your values
  • Changing long held assumptions and trying new behavior
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Finding a personal path to healing that is effective and best for you


Family Therapy
As time passes and unfamiliar changes occur, maintaining family balance and harmony can become challenging. For example, when children reach adolescence, the entire household's center of gravity changes, affecting the teen, their parents, and siblings alike. Change and growth of the family affects all of the domestic relationships. As the family grows, both in age and in size, needs and priorities grow and fluctuate with it. As a result, stress and frustration can build up in all family members, leading to detachment, lapses in communication, and a chaotic family structure. It is at these moments that it becomes more important than ever for the adults and the children to work together, to be honest about their feelings, to communicate them clearly and amicably, and to make changes to meet each others needs and the greater needs of the household. At Amy Robbins Counseling, family therapy helps families define a flexible and resilient family model, giving choices and boundaries to children and teens, while maintaining the essential strength and support of the parental roles. Family therapy is geared toward improving communication and conflict resolution skills, enhancing empathy among family members, cultivating mutual respect, and empowering all of the family members. Combining individual therapy with family therapy at Amy’s Marietta area office can significantly enhance results.

EMDR Therapy with all ages
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an emergent treatment technique with growing clinical applications. It is a complimentary treatment method for use in conjunction with individual therapy. At Amy Robbins' Marietta area office, EMDR Therapy has been found helpful in dealing with trauma, grief, and loss. EMDR Therapy is based on the theory that humans use eye movements similar to the ones that occur during REM sleep cycles to access memories. Traumatic memories which overwhelm normal coping mechanisms, like abuse or military combat, can be dysfunciontally locked away in memory networks where they may reside for long periods of time unprocessed by the brain. Years can go by while the trauma stays locked and buried in the brain, leading to sensory flashbacks, nightmares, and inappropriate overreactions. EMDR Therapy helps unlock those traumatic memory networks and process the memories by associating them with more realistic and positive information in the brain.



Clinical supervision for LPC and/or RPT
Amy Robbins is also the Marietta area's premier Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). As an Marietta based RPT-Supervisor, Amy offers individual and group clinical supervision for aspiring therapists seeking their LPC or RPT. Amy Robbins is one of less than 50 RPT-S counselors in the entire state of Georgia, making her an even greater asset to the Marietta area. Amy is a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (CPCS), licensed through LPCA of Georgia