AMY NELSON RIVERA, MS, LPC
Your Life, Reimagined.
A black/biracial, funny, creative, wise, goal-oriented, tenacious counselor & mom, dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be.
A born-and-raised Georgia girl with nothing more than passion, a license, an office, and a dream, I’m proud to have created and am currently expanding (send me your resumes!!!) a socially-conscious therapy practice that has helped hundreds of people make personal changes.
Through individual, family, and group therapy, and using a combination of DBT and CBT, empathy, humor, and tough truths, I help people like you dream big and show up for themselves in life-changing ways. The goal may seem IMPOSSIBLE. I can assure you, it is not. Through small, consistent interventions, together, we can get you tipped out of that stuck place and into your best life.
One of the things I’m often asked is "How did you get started in all this?"
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been VERY interested in human behavior. I wanted to know what exactly it is that makes life seem so effortless for some people, yet soul-suckingly difficult for others. I was seeing people longing to feel fulfilled, yet consistently falling short of that goal. Why do some people work so hard to barely make it while others find a way to thrive, often despite one challenge after another? What keeps people stuck in patterns which are no longer serving them?
I was also passionate about a multitude of seemingly unconnected things: art, music, psychology, entrepreneurship, creativity, fashion, education, spirituality, mentorship, and writing, just to name a few.
After realizing I hated corporate jobs and had a lot of angst trying to balance work life and home life, I realized that my unusual combination of interests and skills was a strength, not a liability.
In 2006, I gave up the security of the 8-4 grind, and started with ONE CLIENT. Correct. No husband yet, no savings, no loans, and also began contracting to see parolees part-time in two county parole offices, and marketing my private practice to one referral source at a time to keep a roof over my head, while slowly building a counseling business from the ground up.
Fast forward 15-ish years, and I have a thriving individual practice and am gearing up to form a group practice of like-minded individuals, serving all of Georgia and Florida. Join me for the ride!
I live in Marietta with my amazing 11-year old daughter, Amelia, and a tiny, angry dog named Peanut.
2006 Licensed Professional Counselor
Georgia Secretary of State
2003 Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Georgia Secretary of State
Master of Science in Professional Counseling
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Tennessee Temple University
Support That Makes a Difference
Need help to achieve your goals in life?
I use an array of therapeutic skills that help you learn the tools for success.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
Live Your Best Life.
This service is a favorite among many of my clients, as it is often times one of the keys to a happier, healthier life. My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. After several sessions, you will become well-versed at handling issues whenever and wherever they arise. Call now to schedule a session.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Live Your Life, Simply.
Do you feel like you are always adding new tasks to your to-do list but never crossing anything off? My specialization will help guide and inspire you to achieve more of your personal and professional goals. Get in touch today and start taking control of your life with my CBT tools and techniques.
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY THERAPY
Live and Let Live.
Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. With my coaching sessions, you’ll learn about acceptance and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
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Want to hear more about how I can transform your life? Contact me today to schedule a session.
85 Golf Crest Dr, Acworth, GA 30101, USA