“After the onset of the pandemic, global protests for Black Lives, and the obligation to continue maintaining a sense of productivity while in crises— I was experiencing unprecedented levels of deep anxiety and sadness. After a couple of unsuccessful therapist matches, I found Amber’s practice as I was desperately seeking a therapist that identified as a Black woman.
During our consultation, I immediately clicked with her energy, authenticity, and approach to therapy. And after years of doing my own inner work and self-improvement, I cannot express how invaluable Amber’s insight, piercing questions, and guidance have uncovered things about myself I never recognized and improved my overall mental health and everyday functioning. It has been crucial to my healing to have a professional, non-judgmental, and intuitive perspective outside of myself to recognize patterns, blind spots, and the outdated modes of denial I've upheld to self-preserve. Amber is present, open, honest, gracious, and affirming but will check you and the negative thoughts and behaviors that are no longer serving you.
Her commitment to the self-discovery, healing, and growth of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients—while still having to navigate her own experience coping with this same world— is why I am ever grateful for her help in my ability to live with presence and peace again. Give her ALL the flowers.” - Former Client (CP)
I am very grateful that Amber came into my journey when I decided to continue with therapy. Working with Amber led me to start making changes and realize that there isn't a plan for my life that I need to follow rather I have control over what my life becomes. I have been a person that felt that in order to fit in, do what is right, and become better, I had to follow a plan.
Being a first-gen, Queer, Chicana, and daughter to immigrants, I learned to follow and do as I am told. As an adult, I came to understand, working with Amber, the level of trauma is embedded in my experience. One of the biggest lessons I am taking away from working with Amber is being gentle with myself and doing what I know can feel good. Although I do come from a loving family, that love can impact us as a child and have a trauma as an adult. I began to love those parts of myself that I have not cared for before. I continue to take care of my younger self to heal from moments that she felt she had to convince someone to love her. Healing is a process and it is not linear. I will continue to be gentle with myself and remind myself that the steps are worth celebrating because I am not where I was before. Thank you Amber for sharing this part of my journey. I hope we cross paths again. - Former Client (LG)
“There’s not a lot I can say without getting misty eyed… Amber came at such a pivotal moment in my life where I didn’t know how much I needed her. I had a previous experience with a therapist and I was left in such a weird place, not feeling accomplished at all. After my first session with Amber, I knew this experience was going to be different. Amber shed light on all the accessible tools I needed to cope with grief, loss, fear of succeeding, etc. I’m now aware and can identify triggers and where emotions arise from. While the work was a commitment, no part of it was hard. Amber created an environment where you wanted to be a better version of yourself. I am forever grateful to her️“ - Former Client (AM)
"I don't think I could have picked a better person to help guide me through the past 1.5 years of my life. Whether I knew it or not, when I met Amber, I was about to go through one of the most important transitions in my life. Thanks to her, I have successfully entered a new phase of adulthood with new tools in my toolbox for my mental health and wellbeing (and a couple EpiPens for when the sh*t gets real). I feel empowered to handle challenges that come my way, and empowered to give myself grace if I don't handle them well. I have much healthier boundaries in the workplace, with my family of origin, with my friendships, and in my love life. I have those boundaries because I’m less afraid to set them and more knowledgeable to recognize when they need to be set. Amber has helped me realize that who I am and where I am at is always okay and always enough. I'll never forget the lessons I've learned and I consider her an indispensable asset to anyone who is ready to grow into their best self." - Former Client (NS)