• About Amy Schimmel MSW, LCSW


    There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.
    – Michelle Obama

    Amy Schimmel MSW, LCSW
    Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

    Hello, and a very warm welcome to my website! You may be here on the “about me” page to learn a bit more, and help determine if we may be a good fit, so I will share some about me as well as a bit about my education and training.

     

    I have a curious nature and have always been drawn to the stories that inform who people are, why they behave, think, and feel the way they do, including myself. I embarked on my own journey of healing and discovery as a teen and have been on that path in various ways ever since. I remain committed to that path of continued growth and discovery for myself and for the individuals that I work with. I am grateful to hear others stories and walk alongside them on their own journey of self-discovery, growth, and healing. I am proud to be a survivor therapist, and deeply passionate about creating safe, equitable and accessible space for survivors of trauma and oppression both in my therapy office and in the community.

     

    When I am not in the therapy room, you might find me hanging with family and friends, gardening, practicing yoga, or mountain biking. I believe that play and down time are essential to health and wellness and encourage you to find the things in your life that spark joy and connect you with your playful spirit.

     

    I am proud to be a first generation college graduate educated here in Arizona, obtaining my BA in psychology from NAU, and my Master’s in Social Work from ASU in 2012.

     

    I have extensive post graduate training in Play Therapy and like to bring a joyful and experiential spirit to all my work, regardless of age. I also regularly incorporate; mindfulness, Sand Tray, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, MI, SFBT and attachment based therapies depending on your need and preference.

     

    Most of all, I am a relational therapist and believe that having an authentic and respectful connection is vital to good therapeutic outcomes, regardless of therapy type. I would love to hear your story, and I hope that you will reach out for a consultation today!