Licensed Psychotherapist, Wellness Resource Center
Amy Effman is a Licensed Psychotherapist, certified in Addictions, specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. With over 9 years experience as an Addictions professional and 5 years working as a Solution-Focused Systemic Therapist, both in private and public treatment centers in New York City, San Diego and South Florida, Amy works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are substance dependence, dual diagnosis (substance dependence coupled with a mental health disorder), major mental health issues (severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia), suicidal thoughts, separation/divorce, relationship problems, LGBT, and day-to-day life stress. In addition to being a prominent Addictions therapist, Amy Effman has also taught graduate level courses at Barry University’s School of Social Work, and developed and taught courses for the CAP (Certified Addictions Professional) certification and BHT (Behavioral Health Technician) certification programs at Palm Healthcare. She was a presenter for the Happy Herald newspaper and developed both family support workshops and an intensive outpatient program for a holistic treatment center. Most recently, Amy Effman became post graduate faculty for Life University, teaching medical professionals about drug court and interventions. Prior to Ms. Effman’s work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she worked alongside the misdemeanor drug court in Broward County, as a Judicial Evaluator, Therapist and Drug Court Supervisor through The Starting Place. She currently serves felony drug court participants and provides assessments for DUI programs. Amy Effman was also trained as a Guardian Ad Litem in 1999 when she advocated for abused and neglected children who could not advocate for themselves in Alachua County, Florida. It was this experience which led her into the helping industry and she later received training in Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention in 2000 before spending 3 years as a Career Development Advisor and Career Counselor for a post-secondary college in San Diego, California.