Biography

 

Amy is a psychotherapist, youth advocate and writer living in coastal Maine. Among her written works are two bestselling books in the Be Strong, Be Wise series. She is the founder of the Be Strong, Be Wise safety education program currently being offered to schools, families and youth organizations interested in helping teens lower risk of sexual assault. 

 

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Professional background

Amy began her career in child welfare, where she worked in the fields of foster care and adoption. During her graduate tenure at Boston University, she was awarded a child welfare practitioners' stipend that allowed her to receive specialized training in family systems. A certified yoga instructor, youth advocate and relationship coach, Amy brings twenty-five years of experience to her bestselling book series, Be Strong, Be Wise and the Be Strong, Be Wise sexual safety education program. Her work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and hundreds of nationally-syndicated television, newspaper, and magazine outlets.

Amy designed the safety education program using the methods described in her books, along with wisdom gained from her own life as a parent and survivor. She has always been an advocate for self-awareness as a means to personal empowerment. Never is this more important than in the arena of sexual safety. Her classes empower youth to develop a deeper understanding of oneself in relation to dominant culture. Be Strong, Be Wise is now being offered to schools, youth organizations and families as a way to equip young people with the internal tools that increase confidence, and support healthy relationships on all levels. 

Kundalini Yoga

Known as the "yoga of awareness", Kundalini yoga is an ancient practice created to activate life-force energy. Through a series of movement-based postures, each class (or Kriya) brings the individual closer to unlocking the vitality within. Practitioners who have taken Amy's class over a period of time report they feel more enlivened, stronger, and "better than I have felt in years". Because her classes are designed to meet specific physical, emotional and spiritual needs, regular practice yields a sense of waking up to life renewed, energetically aligned and prepared to manifest one's personal potential.

    

Additional achievements

Ongoing blogger for Asana International Yoga Journal & 3HO.org 

Member of PEN America

Member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Winner of the 2018 MWPA's Ilgenfritz Scholarship for writers of non-fiction

Motivational speaker for Girl's Inc & Mainely Girls​

Founding member of:

Topanga Girl's Circle

The Hot Mamas philanthropy group

Esprit Counseling

"I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to
live up to what light I have."

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Abraham Lincoln

(1809-1865)