Amber MitchellLCSW

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In Central Time

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I have a very laid back, easy going personality with a sense of humor naturally. I have been told that I am very professional but also know when to insert humor in a professional manner to ease situations or conversations. Also, with my laid back personality I take feedback and understand to meet my clients where they are at and listen to feedback from them when they may not like what techniques I am utilizing. I do not take things personally and I am willing to listen.

Were there lessons in your professional or academic career that left an impression on you, and how has that informed your work today?

My work in corrections will forever leave a lasting impression on my professional career and my work moving forward. I have learned to be patient, show respect (which should be a given but I have seen it not shown all the time), listen to everyone no matter the opinion, and truly meeting my clients where they are at. I have learned that I cannot force anyone to do anything and I am here to help my clients in their own uniques paths get to where they want to be. These paths all look different and I am here to listen and learn how to navigate them.

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

I feel the biggest barrier today for people seeking care is finding a therapist that they truly enjoy working with. Just as every person has their own personalities, that also goes with therapist. Every therapist is a person with a personality and their own approaches.





Bipolar disorder


General Expertise

Relationship Issues



Social Anxiety

Academic challenges


Adolescent mental health

Anger management



First Session


Family Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Training / Certifications



Seeking Safety

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Motivational Interviewing



IL, LCSW, 149.021819


Master of Social Worker, Aurora University

Work History

Hi! I have a variety of work history that I would love to explain! I started my career working with adolescent males in an inpatient substance abuse program! This first experience led me to following my love for working with individuals with substance use disorders and mental health concerns! Since my very first experience I have been able to work in community mental health in various agencies, work in corrections with all male population addressing substance abuse, mental health, and criminal thinking, and now working in private practice with individuals with both mental health and substance abuse concerns! I also work part time working with kids that have been sexually abused and I am currently in school to get even more education to be able to work in a school next fall as a school social worker! I know that is a lot but I have gained extensive skill set with these experiences to best fit many different concerns and needs!


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