Amy Welsh, LCSW
I focus on short term, evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment for trauma and anxiety disorders.When we have experienced difficult or traumatic events, those experiences can create beliefs about ourselves, our lives, and our potential for healing that can get stuck and hold us back from the changes we need to make. Your approach to things can be different. You will feel confident and trusting in yourself. When negative thoughts arise, they won’t feel like the absolute truth and you'll be able to combat them.
I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat trauma disorders and anxiety related to traumatic events. CPT is a modern trauma treatment that evolved out of decades of research on CBT. CPT is a 15-18 week structured treatment approach that helps clarify the connection between our traumatic experiences, our views of ourselves, our views of others, and our active symptoms.
Anxiety Disorders: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Rumination/Phobias
My clients want to stop thinking about all their decisions, behaviors, and words so much. They want to stop comparing themselves to others and spending the day overanalyzing every action. Breaking free from the cycle of self-doubt is liberating. You will feel grounded in the decisions you make. Instead of looking for constant reassurance and ruminating about your decisions or past events, you are able to relax and be present with yourself and others. You would be able to own your life, take reasonable risks, and know that your self-worth isn’t up for negotiation. Clients who are most successful achieving this are the ones ready to work and willing to show up over and over again to face fears and find out if the safety measures they have in place are actually necessary.
I am energetic, passionate, straightforward, and don’t skirt around issues or avoid addressing what’s needed. Most of my clients are skilled at talking about their problems but need help thinking about their problems differently. Years of crisis work have made me comfortable with holding you accountable to the work. I genuinely want you to feel better. We will find some humor and develop good metaphors along the way as the journey to healing is hard and painful work, but you don’t have to suffer getting there.
Oregon License # L4641
Washington License # LW61202409