Amal Bernal, MS, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has devoted over 20 years w
orking with children, adolescents, couples and families in a variety of settings including e
ducation, policy and safety, mental health and substance abuse counseling as well as residential co-occurring adolescent treatment.
Amal has specialized experience working with children, teens and adults in the areas of attachment, trauma, depression, anger management, anxiety, and domestic violence. She also has specialized training in the treatment of sexual abuse and abusers and is a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She has a long tenure of the implementation of both Solution and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as incorporating Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Play Therapy techniques to lead to a more individualized approach to client care. Amal is currently receiving extra training in becoming a Registered Play Therapist and has completed training in EMDR and is completing her certification.
A collaborative, solution-focused therapist, Amal provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She has designed, developed and authored customizable intervention models to help partner with patients in creating their own pathway to identifying and reaching goals & objectives.
In addition to private practice, Amal has worked with non-profit organizations as both a sexual victim and offender counselor and was the Lead Therapist for a group home for adolescents and the Specialized Therapeutic Counselor for an in-home therapy agency providing services to at-risk children in foster care. She also has experience conducting psychological evaluations and assessments, participating in Judicial Review Hearings, providing supervised visitation for displaced parents and children and has been a Key Note Speaker at several nationally recognized human services organizations and foundations.
Amal is a spokesperson for the Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children, a proponent for the Tahirih Justice Center for initiatives against forced marriage and provides advocacy for victims of human trafficking and intimate partner abuse. She also participates in humanitarian missions to war-torn countries counseling and advocating for displaced families transitioning into foreign cultures as refugees.
Amal received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. Additionally, she has completed post graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University and Entrepreneurialism at Harvard Business School.
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