Meet Amaris Watson Gale
Hey there! I’m Amaris, mental health and premarital therapist, and owner of Prackind. I’m here to help you discover and live a life FULL of clarity, confidence, and peace.
Truth is, we are all born to experience joy, love and to master our purpose. But, sometimes life gets in the way… ALL THE WAY IN THE WAY … clouds our vision and blocks us from seeing and believing this reality.
Break-ups happen. Loss happens. Ambivalence happens.
These transitions and stressors often wear us down and leave us experiencing confusion, worry and fear while questioning ourselves and our entire existence.
This is where I come in.
I come in to remind you of the truths that are often forgotten and to provide insight and strategy to guide you towards healing, finding your new way and living your dream.
I believe that the reciprocity of kindness infused with clarity and technique can equip you with the power necessary to strive forward, meaningfully connect with others and accomplish your self and relationship goals.
Whether it’s mending your broken heart, clarifying and boosting your sense of self worth, bringing peace to your heart and mind, preparing for the marriage you desire, or mastering mental and emotional wellness in this crazy world, I’m here for you.
Remember, theres no shame in reaching out for help. We all need it. You are not alone.
Let’s gain perspective, re-discover your personal power and recover emotional, mental, and relational wellness… together!
Sending love & positivity your way,
Common questions for Amaris...
1. What’s your role as my therapist?
My role as your therapist is to partner with you and help guide you towards healing and navigating through life’s chaos and stress. Through insight, theoretical and/or faith-based tools and strategy, we work to help you disconnect from fear and confusion, and grow deeper in peace, understanding, and love.
I do not tell you what to do. I do not make decisions for you. Instead, you’re empowered to choose the path you'd like to take. With care, acceptance and technique, I help you alleviate emotional pain, speak your truth, re-discover your personal power, and become a more confident you.
2. What’s your educational background and training?
I am a licensed certified social worker-clinical (LCSW-C), alumna of Salisbury University, and received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I’m certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) and a facilitator for PREPARE/ENRICH, an assessment tool to help strengthen marriages and relationships.
3. What are EFT and CBT?
In a nutshell, Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is a here-and-now therapeutic approach that helps you learn the underlying needs of your partner, hear what’s often unspoken, learn new, effective ways of communicating and strengthen your emotional connection. It helps you to love one another better.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy approach that speaks to your thought world and behavior patterns and looks deeply at the relationship between your beliefs, emotions and outcomes. The goal of CBT is to help you identify, challenge and resolve unhealthy thought patterns and problematic beliefs in hopes to help you get unstuck, experience emotional freedom, and live the life of your dreams.
4. What can I expect during our initial session?
You can expect to be greeted with kindness and to be shown unconditional care and acceptance. At the beginning of this session, we review and sign paperwork including the informed consent, limits of confidentiality, client’s rights, practice policies, and notice of privacy practices.
We continue with exploring your reason for seeking therapy, present symptomology, past and present functioning, family and relationship history, and expectations and goals of therapy. We also discuss the frequency of sessions and determine whether we comfortably work together or if another referral may be needed.
5. How long is therapy?
This depends solely on your needs and desires as discussed during the initial sessions.
6. Do you accept insurance?
Yes, insurance and HSA's may be accepted for self therapy. Pre-marital and relationship therapy are self-pay only.
7. What do I need to bring to my initial session?
Your I.D., insurance card (if accepted) and method of payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
Hope this is helpful! Anything I didn't answer? Please feel free to send me a note here and I will get back to you soon.