Amy Miklus,MEd,RMHI, IMH20295

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Amy MiklusAmy Miklus has been in the mental health field since 2013. Amy moved to Tampa, FL in 2020 relocating from Boston, MA. She is currently a Florida Registered Mental Health Intern with a passion for working with individuals, youth and families. She has extensive experience utilizing trauma informed care to help clients understand what may be going on, identify patterns, and make changes in their lives.

Amy believes in working together to better understand the meaning behind your pain, trauma, depression, and anxiety. It is her goal to walk with you as you heal – together – healing every area piece by piece.

Amy in her own words:

In my time as a working adult, nothing has been more meaningful than the time I spent in Rwanda. I had been wanting to teach at Maranyundo School for girls since I met the headmistress, of the school at that time back in 2008 when I was teaching at Mother Caroline Academy (MCA). At that time, After talking to the headmistress about the mission of the school, I knew I needed to find a way teach at Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda. In October of 2011, I decided to call my old principal from MCA and inquire about a position at Maranyundo. I was on a flight February 1st 2012 to teach for one year in Rwanda.

I had learned and was shown what it meant to be resilient from the people in their 18th year of recovery since the Genocide in 1994. Through stories Rwandese would display act of resiliency through recovering as a nation.  I was also taught humility. I had to learn to change my mindset and adapt to the new life I was about to live. and how to live a simpler life: modest living, washing clothes by hand, sporadic internet, loss of electricity daily.

I was lucky to have met a group of Rwandese people who befriended me and helped me to learn their culture and their cultural values. This had led me to becoming comfortable and falling in love with the people and the country of a thousand hills.

Each year on April 7th is Genocide Memorial Day, Day of Remembrance dedicated to the memory of those brutally killed on this day. On this day in 2012, I received a phone call from a friend. He had expressed feelings of anger, resentment, and sadness. This is when I learned of the deep wounds Rwandans are dealing with on a daily basis. This had me thinking about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience by many in the country and sparked my interested in how I could help and what I could do. At this moment I decided I wanted to get back into the field of mental health counseling.

Timeline

Bachelor of Arts from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA 2003-2007

Mental Health Counseling Degree from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA 2010-2015

November 2020

Metamorphosis Life Revitalizing Center

I began at Metamorphosis, as an outpatient therapist, under the supervision of Dr. April Jackson-James, Ph.D.

2020-2021

North Tampa Behavioral Health psychiatric hospital, in Wesley Chapel, FL

I worked as a therapist, working with adults who are diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

2014-2019

The Home for Little Wanderers in Dorchester, MA

I worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator providing community-based High-Fidelity Wraparound Services providing home-based and community work. This clinical care coordination service is a mix of individual and family therapy, as well as serving as the lead for the youth’s care team comprised of providers, family, and community supports. As well as working on a pilot program funded by a SAMHSA grant through the Department of Public Health aimed to expand access to mental health services.

2017-2019

Greater Malden Behavioral Health Inc. in Malden, MA

I worked as an Outpatient Therapist working with children, families, adults and couples in the outpatient setting.

2012

Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda.

In 2012 I moved to Rwanda to pursue teaching English as a second language. I was an ESL English teacher to students grades 6-8.

2007-2010

Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center located in Dorchester, MA

I worked at as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Teacher, teaching Math and Science to 5th grade students as well as being a coordinator for various programs in the school.

Relevant Trainings:

ARC Attachment, Regulation and Competency: a framework to support trauma-informed care through normative childhood development, traumatic stress, attachment, and risk and resiliency

ARC GROW is an adaption of ARC for caregivers to have skill building intervention designed to enhance resilient outcomes for families who are impacted by chronic adversity or stress.

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based model that creates opportunities for learning and growth through collaborative, strengths-based, culturally-affirming approaches.

DC-05 Diagnostic Criteria: Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood

Zero to Three National Conference: providing multiple workshops through the evidence-based theory that works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development