Amy Kohn McNelly, LCMFT, CAC-II

Amy Kohn McNelly, LCMFT, CAC-II

Individual and Couples Therapist
Certified Addictions Counselor
Conversant In German
Location: Cedar House Silver Spring
240-200-5401 ext 712
amcnelly@sequenceservices.com

Amy brings to her role at Sequence a 25+ year career in the field of therapy and human services. Her training has included working with some of the noted experts in the field of human behavior, and she is an avid learner always applying what she has learned to the unique needs of her clients.  Originally from Northern California, Amy has had the opportunity to live in various locations across the US, and has been in the DC area for over a decade. Her background has included leadership positions as well as direct services, in settings ranging from private practice to hospital and residential settings.

Amy recognizes that often the circumstances that bring a person into therapy feel monumental and shameful. Other times the reasons for seeking therapy are unclear or hard to identify. Regardless of magnitude, life's struggles matter. They are real, and, because we are human, they are complicated. The relationship she builds with her clients is the most important aspect determining the effectiveness of the therapy process. When it feels restorative, shared, and caring, the relationship provides a uniquely valuable context in which together struggles and uncertainties can be taken on, while she learns about the patient's individual needs, values, and difficulties.

As therapy progresses, the understanding and familiarity with stumbling blocks, previously established patterns, personal strengths, and existing alternatives increase. Patients can try on, experience, and practice new ways of being while developing capabilities to better manage challenges and hardship, experience love, the love of others, and continuous growth. This is also true for her work with couples, as each member is given the space tp express their needs, be heard and understood, and connect more fully in this most essential relationship.

The origins and life circumstances of people Amy works with differ greatly, while their concerns and personal situations are as unique as they are similar. Being allowed to know each person genuinely, regardless of their state of mind or emotional well-being, is an honor to Amy.

TREATMENT FOCUS AREAS

  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ Supports
  • Transgender
  • Life Transitions
  • Health Related Concerns
  • Parenting
  • PSTD

EDUCATION

  • BA In Psychology/Human Sexuality, San Francisco State University
  • MA In Counseling Psychology, Notre Dame De Namur University
  • Interned at The Menninger Institute Early Childhood Outpatient Treatment Program
  • Interned at Stanford University Hospital 
  • Research Assistant with Albert Bandura at Stanford University, topic "learned coping mechanisms"
  • Live observation study of Irv Yalom's group therapy techniques, Stanford University Psychiatric Hospital

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  • Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Washington Professionals for the Study Of Psychoanalysis
  • GiveAnHour
  • Volunteer Therapist for Student Veterans of America's National Veteran's Center