For over 25 years, Amy Killy, LICSW (she/her) has been providing mental health services in the Washington, DC area. Her experience as a high school counselor at local independent schools has given her critical insights into the lives of children and adolescents, and those who parent them.
By providing psychotherapy to teens, young adults, and parents, Ms. Killy has helped individuals and families address challenges, shift gears, make positive change, and ultimately, attain the growth they seek. She believes deeply that everyone deserves to be heard, valued, and treated with dignity, and is committed to providing a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere where clients feel understood and supported.
Using an integrated approach, Ms. Killy specializes in providing treatment to address anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, and is particularly passionate about helping parents develop strategies to manage challenges with their children, to improve relationships, and create a more peaceful and cooperative household. Ms. Killy is specially trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Good Psychiatric Management for Adolescents (GPM-A), as well as Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), a parent-based treatment developed to address anxiety in children. . In addition to providing psychotherapy and consultation, by offering workshops, hosting book discussions, and developing psycho-educational programming, she has assisted countless parents explore communication and parenting styles while aligning their values with their actions.
Throughout her career, Ms. Killy has won several awards, including Community of Concern Counselor of the Year for her work in creating a national model for purposeful and meaningful conversations among parents and teens about substance use and the ConnectDMV Beacon of Light Award for her social justice, equity, and community work on issues of sexual assault and consent. She has been interviewed by NPR and PBS NewsHour and has presented both locally and nationally on issues including anxiety, confidentiality and ethics, diversity, sexual assault and consent, and social media. As a featured guest on a number of podcasts, Ms. Killy has helped parents address current events, violence and tragedy, and navigate other difficult conversations with their children.