Amy McAllaster, MA, MA, LPC
I love getting to know what makes you “YOU”, and putting the puzzle pieces of your life together. I have always been this way, which naturally led me to an education in psychology and counseling, and to a career in counseling and psychotherapy. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology, and two Master’s Degrees, one of which is my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have been counseling professionally since 2001. I started my work in a crisis center in Dallas, Texas, working with young men and women, then transitioned into working exclusively with kids and adolescents in private practice. After doing this for 5 years, I expanded my practice to include adults, couples, and families.
When I decided that I was ready to go after my dream of living in Colorado, I left Texas and plunged head first into a private practice in Littleton, Colorado. At the same time, I started my own family, and I have now lived and worked in this area for many years.
I am often asked what areas are my “specialties”. My best answer is: people. One of my strengths is my ability to capture someone’s “story.” Whether you are 16 or 60, you have a story, and I can jump in at whatever chapter you are in. And, because I have extensive experience with kids and with adults, I am equipped to help you with whatever struggle you are facing.
Although my education is the foundation for my work with people, I consider my life experience to have been my absolute best teacher. As I’ve struggled through my own hurts, failures, limitations, disappointments, and chronic issues, and as I’ve participated in my life’s twists and turns, I believe I have gained SO much that I value giving back to people in the midst of their own life crisis. I can offer academic in as well as real-life, “I have been there” compassion, understanding, and experience.
Therapy has been an integral part of my own growth and development at various points throughout my life and I find great joy in giving back to others what I have gained as a result of my years of education and professional experience as well as what I have gained from personal struggle and growth.
I love the work that I do and I also enjoy a balanced personal life. I spend my free time cycling, running, skiing, spending time with friends, reading, baking, and spending every moment possible with my two boys!
If You Prefer a Christian or Spiritual Approach to Counseling and Therapy…
I enjoy and respect people of all worldviews, belief systems, and backgrounds, and welcome the opportunity to work with you.
However, my background with theological study gives me the unique ability to think, feel, and analyze spiritually as well as psychologically as we sort through what is happening in your life and heart. I will not be trying to influence your belief system, and I won’t be preaching to either of us. But I will be listening to understand how your faith and belief system has impacted your journey. And I will be happy to integrate as much or as little of the spiritual or faith-based aspect into your therapy as you’d like.
Amy McAllaster, M.A., M.A., LPC, completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Wayland Baptist University and then earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling as well a Master’s Degree in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the Eating Disorders Professionals of Colorado.
Her practice provides services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups on a variety of life issues.
Amy is also a LPC Supervisor for students/individuals seeking Professional Licensure in Counseling in the state of Colorado.