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Amy Van Daele is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and an Awareness Coach.
Amy is also a UC Berkeley certified meditation teacher and mindfulness trainer.
In 2018, Amy began seeing individual clients in a coaching capacity, utilizing her certifications in mindfulness meditation, Mindful Self-Compassion, Trauma Resilience Toolkit, and Internal Family Systems for Coaching. After helping numerous individuals find peace with themselves, Amy sought to help people relationally.
In 2022, Amy graduated with her Master's in Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. In her work as a therapist, Amy focuses on couples and couple-related issues. Prior to graduation, she gained hours working with individuals and couples at The Center for Professional Counseling. Upon graduation, Amy became an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and started working in private practice under supervisors Angela Caldwell (MFT 45163) and Sarah Schewitz (PSY 26868). Amy is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and will be certified in mid-2023.
Amy also continues to see individual clients in her coaching practice. Her coaching practice focuses on helping clients shift their relationship with themselves through self-compassion, mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems. To understand the difference between coaching and therapy, click here.
Throughout her work helping others, Amy continues to do her own healing work by attending therapy, practicing mindfulness, giving self-compassion and going on long walks with her pup Bohdi. When she’s not helping others, you can find her sipping on a kombucha, tending to her jungle of plants, at the pilates studio or connecting with her tribe.
Our primary relationships provide us with working models of interpersonal patterns and behaviors, which we use to define the way we relate in future relationships. We call this phenomenon "attachment theory." In both my individual and couples work, I utilize attachment theory in the following ways:
When I work with couples, I utilize the attachment-based method of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples identify and change patterns within their relationship that may be causing recurring issues. Through this process, partners learn to work together as a team to change their conflict cycle by building safety, allowing vulnerability, deepening understanding, and empathizing with each other.
As a result, couples become stronger together and are more likely to navigate their challenges as a team rather than one vs. the other.
When I work with individuals, I utilize mindfulness-based approaches and Internal Family Systems (IFS). With mindfulness, we can identify what is presently contributing to various challenges including old beliefs, patterns, and past experiences. Using IFS, we can understand and honor the various parts of our internal psyche and move toward peace and integration. This work includes aspects of reparenting by learning how to self-soothe, have self-compassion, and step into the wise Self.
My approach is compassionate and direct as I create a safe space for clients to be seen and heard. For me, relationship challenges–those with ourselves and others–are opportunities for us to understand ourselves better, turn toward one another, and grow.
I work with my clients virtually.
For special circumstances, in-person session requests may be available in Los Angeles, California.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (Level 1 completed – full certification in progress)
Mindful Self-Compassion Graduate
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Trauma Resilience Toolkit
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification
Internal Family Systems: Aligning The Inner System
Areas of Focus
Chemical or Behavioral Addictions
Betrayal Trauma and Infidelity
Toxic Relationship Dynamics
Different Attachment Styles
Working Through Relational Trauma
Exploring Ethical Non-Monogamy + Polyamory
Long Distance Relationships
Breakup and Divorce Support
Healing Feelings of Resentment
Nancy D., LMFT
"Amy is an amazingly talented therapist! She is openly willing to dive into her client's worldview, offering genuine empathy and encouragement. Amy is passionate about helping individuals and couples understand their attachment-related issues! She rocks!"