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Meet the Flourish Clinical Team!

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Amber Wood, LCSW

She / Her / Hers

 

Hello and welcome! I’m Amber and it's wonderful to "meet" you! 

 

I grew up in a small house with a big family. Siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, you name it. I am no stranger to dysfunction. However, since I always had someone to talk to, my upbringing showed me the value of listening and being listened to without judgment. I have a special heart for serving creatives and trauma survivors.

 

As a complex trauma survivor and a human who experiences intense emotions, I’ve spent a lot of my life in my own head. Because of this, yoga practice is an essential part of my personal healing journey. By tapping into the breath and coming back to the body, I am reminded that having a body is a gift. I am continually learning how to be with myself and to sit with my pain. Accessing all my five senses, and noticing my thoughts and emotions without judgment, has helped me reckon with traumas I have habitually pushed away. I love offering what I have learned about the breath and the body to others who have lived in their heads and pushed away their somatic experiences.

   

My clinical training and yoga practice empowers me to move even more deeply into this work and bring the breath, body, and spirit into therapy sessions with my clients.

 

Two of my mantras are “don’t just do something, sit there,” and “anything I want to do, I can do slowly.” As I am deprioritizing hustle culture, I love to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains with my two hound dogs. I also love gardening, thrifting, cooking, and spending time with my partner and friends.

 

I received my Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I have experience working with adolescents and adults focusing on a variety of topics including childhood sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, and substance use.

 

As a social worker, yogi, and most importantly as a human, I value social justice. We cannot ignore systems of oppression in any context, including therapy. My perspective is shaped by my identity as a White, cisgender (she/her pronouns), non-disabled, middle-class woman, who is educationally privileged. I am continually recognizing the privileges I hold and owning my responsibility to repair personal and ancestral wrongs.

I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and incorporate mindfulness interventions. I use a person-centered, strength-based lens.

** Amber works with adults and adolescents who want to recover from their past hurts and break old patterns to create a meaningful relationships and find a sense of peace and joy in their lives.**

** Amber is in-network with Blue Cross, Aetna, and United. **

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