Amy  Sterling-Bratt

Amy Sterling-Bratt

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for daytime appointments (updated October 01, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship challenges
  • Trauma
  • Academic issues
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Eating disorders
  • Existential challenges
  • Impulse control issues
  • LGBQ and sexuality topics
  • Parenting
  • Personality disorders
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Self-harm

Professional statement

Amy Sterling-Bratt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lexington, MA who specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and life transitions. She has extensive experience treating a wide range of issues, having been in private practice for over 30 years. Milo, Amy's hypoallergenic dog, joins most therapy sessions

Amy has experience working with young adults, adults, couples, parents, and seniors, and has spent recent years working with undergraduate and graduate students from Princeton University.

Amy has training in a wide range of therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention, Family Systems, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness practices, Psychodynamic Theory, and Supportive Therapy. She provides clients with practical techniques to build coping skills outside of session, including, goal-setting, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, journaling, and feelings logs.

Amy's goal is to help her clients make peace with the past as well as cope with current and future stressors. The path she takes with clients varies upon their needs, but she is committed to a collaborative approach and helping individuals have an improved sense of wellbeing.


Message to clients

Whether you have tried counseling before or are new to therapy, it can be a scary and intimidating process. However it can be very nurturing and educational as well. In my experience one of the critical factors is developing a relationship with a therapist whom you can trust and feel safe; it is important to be able to explore your issues in a non-judgmental space. I have a psychodynamic background but am more eclectic in practice, and incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapeutic skills including EMDR- a trauma therapy with many applications. I taper the therapy to the client's needs and goals and am interactive in sessions, often giving homework each week if appropriate. I also encourage utilization of outside supports including yoga, mindfulness meditation and exercise. My goal for each client is to make peace with their past and develop healthier strategies to cope with present and future stressors, resulting in an improved sense of well-being.


Specialties

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Relationship challenges - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Anger management - Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships

Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

Compulsive behaviors - Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friendsIncludes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Existential challenges - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Impulse control issues - Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking

LGBQ and sexuality topics - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Parenting - Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

Personality disorders - Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder - Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships

Self-harm - Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $130 (45min)
  • Initial session: $150

Therapist's note

Amy can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Location(s)

120 School Street

Lexington, MA 02421

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Trinity Counseling Service, 2014 - Present

Private practice, 2002 - Present

Smith College, MSW, 1983


Languages

  • English

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