About Amy Beth Acker, LCSW

Tell me about your qualifications.

I am a counselor, coach, and writer.

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I double majored in Psychology and English at Rutgers University where I graduated with honors in 2005. I then went on to receive my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from NYU in 2007. Later, in 2012, I received my certification to provide clinical supervision to Licensed Clinical Social Worker candidates and Licensed Professional Counselor candidates seeking their clinical licensure.

I am also a wife to another social worker (in a different clinical field) and a mother to two beautiful daughters.

Who do you work with?

In the past decade, I have worked with hundreds of clients of varying ages, backgrounds, races, sexual identities, and cultures.

I have found that my passion lies in working with women who are in a life transition and are feeling stressed, alone, disconnected, or stuck in their lives.

It is my intention to help women to think and act in ways that truly honor their gifts to the world, and in doing so, to give them their lives back.

What do you mean by 'life transition'?

A life transition can be a major life event like marriage, divorce, being a new mom or a mom in the making, changing careers, graduating college...the list goes on! It can also mean a quarter- or midlife crisis.

My clients are smart, sensitive, and savvy but often find themselves defining success by what they don't have or what's just out of reach. They are terrified of disappointing themselves and others and are often their own harshest critic.

They may have had a painful experience of being the target of someone else's anger, or may feel like they're not quite able to move past mistakes.

I am a woman who feels stressed, alone, and stuck. How would you help me?

I understand that change is hard and scary. I will help you to be your fullest, freest, most authentic self without the constant comparison, self-judgment, and fear of whether you will be able to handle what comes next.

As a recovering perfectionist, I can commiserate with women who are stuck in the belief that joy exists just beyond the horizon of the next big achievement. I offer a place to explore who you really are and what you really want in an environment that is safe from shame, blame, and judgment. More than that, I give you the tools to stop judging yourself.

Through psychotherapy, I not only help you define your goals, I work with you to discover what's blocking you from achieving them.

What Is the difference between counseling and coaching?

Counseling gives you freedom from your past. We will look at root causes of your present struggles in life and heal old wounds. Counseling will give you the tools you need to uncover blocks that are keeping you stuck in unhealthy patterns and to ultimately discover the person you really are at your core. This foundation is crucial for lasting, meaningful change.

Coaching gives you freedom to live a life that is truly in alignment with your intuition and core values. It allows you to get clear on your ideas, dreams, and goals for the future and then design a path to get there. 

Please note that coaching is NOT counseling. If you are not sure which is right for you, let's schedule a free consultation, so I can learn more about you and what your needs are and make a personalized recommendation.

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I want to reach my goals. What would be stopping me?

Any time you let something new into your life, even if it's something you deeply want, you are taking a risk.

Some common risks are:

  • You might fail and be disappointed.
  • You might hurt or damage a relationship with someone you care about.
  • You might feel like you're already working at maximum capacity and if things get any harder, you might not make it.
  • You might secretly question whether you are really a person who is worthy of achieving your goal.

When there is a risk that moving in the direction of your goals will in fact lead you to greater pain or less freedom in your life, it makes total sense that you will find yourself with a complete lack of progress!

To make matters worse, you will likely feel frustrated and exhausted or even take your lack of progress as a sign that you're not enough.

Together, we will look at what's holding you back with a genuine curiosity and compassion, and paradoxically, this will help you move forward with greater freedom, ease, and self-confidence.

Has this worked for you in your own life?

Yes- very much so! Everything I do is motivated by a desire to increase feelings of joy and freedom in my life.

One way I bring more joy into my life is by helping others to do the same. That being said, it has by no means been an easy journey. I have struggled with autoimmune diseases, multi-generational family dysfunction, anxiety, and perfectionism.

Without fail, these struggles have always led to tremendous inner-growth, greater authenticity, and alignment with my own intuition and inner-wisdom, and ultimately, greater joy and freedom in my life.

Isn't it selfish to always focus on your own freedom and joy? What about your family or clients?

I believe that in order to be a change maker in the lives of women, I need to embody the change I'm helping them to achieve. I can't be of service to others if I am not taking care of my own needs and coming from a place of true alignment with who I really am and what I really need.

How can I help others connect with their value and sense of self-worth if I am not connected to my own?

This is a lesson I have learned repeatedly throughout my life and yet continue to struggle with all the time. Like everything that leads to growth and change, my effort to take care of my own needs is definitely a journey and a work in progress.

Anything else about you?

I love to look at meanings and possibilities in people, situations, and life in general. As such, I'm always looking for creative solutions to problems.

I have been described as down-to-earth, a nurturer, determined, passionate, insightful, and protective. I've also been described as perfectionistic, stubborn, and overly private.

I am extremely sensitive and have worked for years to see that quality as the gift it is instead of as a weakness that I need to fix or conceal.

I still don't have everything figured out--no expert does, we're all human.

If you're interested, or even curious, I'd encourage you to complete the form below so that we can connect and you can find out what this journey is all about!

 

 

With my great love and respect,

Amy Beth

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