Ami Lynch, Phd, MSW
Ami Lynch (she/her) works with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and presenting issues.
Ami specializes in a number of issues including:
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Stress reduction and management
Trauma, abuse, and sexual violence
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ+) and Sexual Identity issues
Extensive experience in career counseling including Government, DOD, and military career transition
Couples counseling and relationships
Separation, Divorce and post-divorce, including co-parenting after divorce
Family disruption and dysregulation
Improving self-esteem and self-empowerment
For clients experiencing anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and other mental health issues, Ami offers a warm and welcoming approach.
She combines approaches familiar in psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and a strengths-based approach, which Ami says, "utilizes the assets you already possess--even if you don’t feel like you do." Ami helps clients gain insights into their life, experiences, and emotions, in a supportive, open, judgement-free environment.
Ami is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a certified Crisis Worker. She has advanced levels of training in crisis response, and responding to sexual violence, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicidality. She is a master trainer in motivational interviewing, a counseling approach that explores one’s process for change. She has additional training in working with gender non-binary and transgender populations, trauma-informed care, parent dysregulation, and best uses of teletherapy. In addition, Ami has experience with healing circles and group processing, exoneration and criminal justice issues, and supporting survivors of crime. In her work outside of the therapy room, she has supported the United States Air Force, National Institutes of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on mental health-related projects.
Some words from Ami: " I enjoy working with clients of all ages, genders, and presenting issues. For those concerned about starting therapy, I like to say I offer therapy for people who don’t go to therapy! This means I warmly welcome those who are reluctant. My eclectic approach uses strategies tailored to a specific client, couple, or family, rather than a singular approach for all. This allows you to do the therapy work that will be the best fit for YOU. I hold sacred the courage it takes to talk about the hard stuff. Together, we can work to lessen the fear, isolation, and other uncomfortable feelings that may be there. I offer therapeutic support to survivors of sexual violence across the lifespan, abuse, bullying, and other violence."
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Master of Social Work with honors, May 2021
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society
The George Washington University
PhD with a concentration in Gender and Social Policy 2006
The George Washington University
Master of Philosophy, Public Policy 2003
University of Connecticut
BA, English; Women's Studies certificate , magna cum laude 1997
Recent Professional Experience
Prior to joining Across Counseling, Ami interned at The Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia where she provided individual psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families, and couples. Areas of experience included anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, domestic violence, and trauma. Ami interned at the Healing Justice Project from 2018 to 2019 and is now a social work fellow (2019 to present) where she works with clients in various formats. Ami also serves as a crisis worker with PRS CrisisLink, a local and national suicide hotline.
Ami is currently providing Psychotherapy at Across Counseling as an MSW pre licensed clinical social worker, working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and presenting issues.
Supervisor, Anne C Ross, LCSW
Ami has numerous publications, certifications, projects and trainings. More information available on request.
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers
CEO Support Group member
Leadership Arlington, Signature Class of 2016
American Public Health Association,
Member, Society for International Development,
Member, National Women’s Studies Association, Anti-White Supremacy Task Force