Amy Choi, PhD
Advanced Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
IFS, EMDR, Brainspotting Certified
Dr. Amy Choi is a licensed clinical psychologist in California who has worked in the field of mental health for more than 25 years. She has been trained in diverse theoretical orientations and treatment modalities, including, but not limited to Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy, and Intimacy from Inside Out Couple's Therapy (Internal Family System based couple's therapy), Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family System, Somatic Experiencing, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Brainspotting, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, behavior analysis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Lifespan Integration Therapy, Comprehensive Resource Model Trauma Therapy, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
She has worked with a wide range of clients including couples and individuals with early childhood neglect and abuse, PTSD and/or developmental traumas, as well as individuals with personality disorders.
Dr. Choi brings all of her training in various theoretical orientation and treatment modalities and all of her experiences of working with such a diverse population to treating her clients. Her treatment is individualized to best address each client's needs, to reduce levels of distress and suffering, to help restore a sense of wholeness and expand a client's awareness of the present moment to maximize the meaning of their experience of life.
While all of her diverse training and experiences are integrated into what Dr. Choi provides to her clients, her approach is also informed by current research in the area of development, attachment, mind and body integration, neurobiology, and spirituality. To Dr. Choi, a therapist's presence and attunement to a client's emotional experience in a therapeutic relationship is the most crucial aspect of psychotherapy; a therapist's presence and attunement should always guide the process of a person's intrapsychic restructuring of cognition, emotion, and implicit body memories. Dr. Choi believes effective therapy brings together the affective, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and spiritual systems within a person, always with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding those of the individual person.