Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Amy Keller.
Dr. Keller, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I always wanted to help people as a kid. I certainly started off analyzing dreams of the kids who rode carpool with me or playing mediator when the siblings were fighting. 😉
I remember this time around 13 years old when my parents were fighting and I was playing mediator for them shortly before their divorce. I remember saying to myself, “I think I could actually get paid for doing this. I think being a family therapist is a real job.”
I look back and I can’t believe my clarity for such a young person. I feel very fortunate that I knew my path early on. This is not the case for most people who often struggle to find their passion in life.
Since, I had already decided to become a marriage and family therapist, I had the fortunate experience to be able to study pretty much whatever I wanted in college as long as I took enough prerequisite psychology classes to get in. So, I studied religious studies, women’s studies, black Studies English History and so on, just to have the understanding of human nature. I highly recommend this to anyone going in the field. It gives you a much more well-rounded individual.
After college, it was easy to quickly decide to go to graduate school and then I did a lot of search different certifications. I fell in love with psychoanalytic training and voila! I got myself into the full program and got my doctorate in Psychology. I’ve never regretted it and never look back.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think many roads are very smooth especially when you are living out your passion and your vocation. My challenges were coming from a broken home as well as not receiving financial support for school.
That meant, I ended up seeing about 50 clients a week while I was in psychoanalytic training for it, just so I could pay for it. Psychoanalytic institutes don’t give out student loans! Haha!
The benefit of all that training, supervision and experience meant that by the time I turned 40, I had more than 50,000 hours of client experience! Believe me nothing scares me in the therapy room and I’ve seen it all!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dr. AMY KELLER – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
So, I am a licensed marriage family therapist and I have a doctorate in Psychology and psychoanalysis. 5 years after one receives their doctor in psychoanalysis they often are awarded the title of training analyst. It’s fun knowing that I don’t have anywhere else to go meaning I’m at the top of my field and considered an expert in relationships, trauma, personality organization and attachment.
What I’m personally known for is helping people *get unstuck*. I see many leaders in the field like CEOs, judges, lawyers, famous actors and writers and entrepreneurs and so on. I help them become as successful in their relationships as they are professionally and I find it fun! I am known for being inspiring. I love to be my patients’ cheerleader!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Yes, there are a lot of exciting things coming up! I have a new book coming out called, Get Real Get Going: a practical guide for building your thriving Private Practice. Our work book is coming out shortly after. New therapist can rejoice! My co-author and I have designed to step by step guide to creating your own thriving private practice along with lots of vignettes and narratives helping new graduates adjust to becoming a professional student to professional professional and later to business owner. Therapist get lots of excellent training but usually not in business. I will certainly be leading lots of webinars, seminars, and specialized retreats in Costa Rica!
- Address: 350 South Lake Avenue Suite 284a
Pasadena, California 91208
- Website: Dramykellermft.com
- Phone: 626-396-9468
- Email: email@example.com