Resident in Counseling
Zach is a Resident in Counseling for The Wise Family. He was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia and currently resides in D.C. Zach completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University where he studied Psychology and History. He then worked as an Intensive In-Home Therapist until returning to school to pursue his love of therapy, where he received his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of William & Mary.
Zach has worked to grow his therapeutic skills in many settings with various populations, including community mental health, outpatient therapy, and in his current setting, an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Zach’s primary areas of interest are substance misuse, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Zach collaborates with individuals facing challenges in these areas to examine how they would like to grow and move toward their personal goals. Zach loves doing both group and individual work!
Zach believes that the most important part of healing is the therapeutic relationship. He fosters this by creating a strong alliance between therapist and client which is built on trust, authenticity, and reliability. He feels that change is a process of personal insight, healthy challenges, and change through growth. The process of self-discovery is a powerful and beautiful journey, one which he is grateful to be a part of. Zach prefers to delve deeper with individuals and groups, integrating classic counseling techniques with processing and reflection.
Zach is a believer in exploring all hobbies that interest you! If he isn’t practicing therapy, you can find him playing guitar and drums, painting, drawing, fishing, snowboarding, exploring D.C., reading, cooking, hiking, camping, playing video games, playing board games, and spending quality time with friends. Zach believes life is a beautiful adventure to be explored and enjoyed!
Amy knows how to relate to children, and make them feel comfortable . My son was shy at the beginning but Amy asked him a couple questions about what he likes and immediately found the connection to him. He happily followed her in the office (just after a 3 min of conversation) and preformed the test. He wasn’t nervous or scared and it’s bc of her ability to relate to kids.
We had a great experience and he wants to go back! Thank you very much!— Dad of 5-year-old assessment client
“I went home and practiced what Amy taught me…and it worked!”— 8-year-old coaching client
“Amy is like Oprah – she’s the neighbor you love who is very, very smart”— Parent of 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter
“Amy brings together the best emotion-focused strategies with cutting-edge brain science to change the lives of children and families”— Parent of adopted twin girls