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Amy Fantalis, MS, MSW, LCSW
A_fantalis@yahoo.com

During most of mymore than 25-year career, I have mainly counseled adolescents and families. For me, working with young people in the context of their families is the most effective way to do therapy. This process can help transform relationships by expanding understanding and therefore expanding viewpoints and perspectives. My clients present with a range of problems and concerns, such as mood disorders (depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder), school & social problems,social anxiety,learning differences, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and trauma. In addition, many of the families I see are experiencing life-altering circumstances, such as loss, divorce, and adoption.

Over the years I have developed expertise in running therapy groups for adolescents. Currently, I run several groups for adolescents. Bringing teens together to discuss their lives, ideas, and struggles is quite gratifying for them and for me. This is my passion. The growth and development that occur within these groups is impressive. Teens form relationships with other teens whose circumstances may resemble their own. The coming together of varying experiences and perspectives offers them a rare opportunity for social and emotional growth, change, and connection. At present, I am running two girls and three coed therapy groups for high school age teens. I am also running a co-ed group for older teens ages 18-22 who are transitioning into young adulthood. Additionally, I run a group for young women, ages 20-28, who are struggling with college, the work world and becoming independent.

I began my private practice career at Building Bridges in May of 1999. Prior to that, I directed a mental health center for children and families, counseled inner city teenagers and families, worked in runaway and homeless shelters for children, teens, and young mothers, and conducted home studies for families pursuing adoption. I received my bachelorís degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton in 1985. I then received my masterís degree in Counseling Psychology from SUNY Albany in 1986 and in 1992 completed my MSW from Hunter College in New York City. In addition to psychotherapy, I provide clinical supervision to other therapists for individual, family and group therapy.

I work several days and evenings per week. I try to accommodate after-school appointments for teens and families. I do not accept insurance but will provide a statement of my services that can be submitted for reimbursement to your insurance company should you have out of network benefits. I welcome all calls and inquiries concerning my practice. 610-627-9060 or A_fantalis@yahoo.com.

 

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