Amy Rivas, LPC, EdS
Amy Rivas’s approach:
“I believe that one the foundational factors in creating change comes from the client-therapist relationship. It is through the trust forged from this bond that other forms of growth emerge. I address my client’s needs through a systemic lens, exploring the contributing factors of broader systems (communities, families, groups) on one’s life. Oftentimes, there are patterns stemming from previous generations that unintentionally impact us today.
Additionally, I believe there is importance in understanding early life relationships—such as those with parents, extended family members, siblings—and their impact on present relationships. I assist clients in bringing awareness to patterns or events from those early attachments, which allows individuals to perceive current relationships differently and choose behaviors that allow for more relational satisfaction. I also use affirmative therapy and a strength-based approach when working with the LGBTQIAP2S+ community. Most importantly, I strive to create a safe space where all of my clients can feel comfortable sharing personal matters and be their most authentic selves.”
Amy earned her Education Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, she attained a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Pacific Union College, a small liberal art college in Northern California. Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.
As part of her training requirements, Amy completed an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital’s “Under the Rainbow” program. Her worked there primarily centered on children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of concerns and diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, suicidal ideation, parenting techniques/skills, generational and systemic trauma, and social skills. The need of Spanish-speaking clinicians allowed Amy to receive individual and group supervision in Spanish – an unfortunate rarity in the counseling world. Amy also led a presentation in a two-part series related to the LGBTQIAP2S+ community, with which she is passionate with working.
While most of her time at Loyola University was focused on clinical work, Amy received additional training in supervision for clinicians and consultation for crisis situations, organizations, and multicultural concerns.
Outside of clinical work, Amy enjoys reading, travelling, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her dog, Leo.