Licensed Masters Social Worker
Education and Specialty
Amy's undergraduate study was at Vanderbilt University and her graduate work was at the University of Georgia where she completed a Master of Social Work with a specialty certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in a range of clinical settings including Emergency Psychiatric Services, Inpatient Crises Stabilization and Domestic Violence Crises Services.
In addition to her academic degrees, Amy has earned advanced training in a range of therapeutic practices and models including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Clinical Hynotherapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Amy is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers and the Compassionate Mind Foundation.
Amy consults with a wide diversity of couples, individuals and groups. Some clients are facing problems living with low self-esteem, procrastination, blocks to intimacy, shyness and anger. She also works with patients experiencing serious mental health symptoms including:
- Clinical Depression
- Generalized Anxiety
- Social Phobia
- Urges of Self-Harm
- Bipolar Disorder
and many more.
In addition, to her work with couples and families, Amy's expertise is in therapy with adolescents 11+ and adults, both gay and straight. She uses research-based therapies that offer practical methods and skills that build emotional flexibility, self-awareness, and resilience. For most of Amy's clients, the challenges of creating and sustaining fulfilling relationships is an important reason that they have come to therapy. Many of her clients are working to become free of self-defeating patterns resulting from emotional neglect in early or adolescent development. A typical client is intelligent and responsible as well as anxious and stressed, lonely, depressed or angry.
Amy has been married for over 30 years and has raised three children. She understands the painful chapters that are part of long-term intimate partnership, the challenges of parenting and balancing work and home life. Like most families, Amy's large, close, extended family has struggled to absorb the shocks of episodes of mental and emotional disorders - addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, paranoia and psychosis. Her mother's journey through Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia - especially during the years her mother and father spent living with her, her husband and children has deeply shaped her understanding of loss and the impact of mental illness on the entire family system.
To schedule an appointment with Amy Scully, please contact Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals Decatur office at (404) 500-4266.