I strive to work from a humanistic approach in which I actively aim to implement social justice frameworks, and trauma informed care practices. I view my role as collaborative and strengths-based to support families.
Amber knew that she wanted to become a social worker from an early age. In elementary school, her family was supported by a social worker while she was a patient at Shriners Children’s Hospital. The social worker had a positive impact on her family during difficult times. While in the hospital, Amber also had many wonderful providers, which inspired her initial interest in social work. After graduating high school, Amber worked in various childcare and nonprofit settings, which solidified her choice to become a clinical social worker.
Amber obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Children, Youth, and Family Studies from Portland State University where she also later earned a Masters of Social Work with a focus on medical and clinical social work within integrated behavioral health. She completed her graduate internships at Play Connections Autism Center and her advanced placements at The Children’s Clinic and Randall Children’s Hospital. Before joining PANW, Amber provided community mental health within elementary schools to support children with behavioral challenges and the impacts of childhood trauma.
Her special interests and training are in supporting families with IEP and 504 support, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), CBT, Collaborative Problem Solving, and helping children and youth manage anxiety and major life changes. Amber practices in our Portland office.
Amber is a true dog-lover. She and her partner rescued a Staffy named Maya 3 years ago. She enjoys taking Maya to the beach, on hiking and camping trips, and teach her new tricks. Maya’s favorite activity is meeting new people, especially anyone that will stop and pet her. Maya brings much joy and laughter to Amber and her family.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Amber is an avid Oregon Duck fan! She appreciates everything that Oregon has to offer including hiking, kayaking, and camping and believes Oregon is one of the most beautiful places to live.
In her free time, Amber loves to bake and cook. Her favorite is mastering French desserts!
Amber and her partner enjoy walking their dog, fixing up their recently purchased home, and cheering on their favorite sports teams, the Oregon Ducks and The Blazers. They have a total of 7 nieces and nephews. Being an aunt has greatly impacted her as a provider. It has opened her mind and perspective to a more strength-based approach while meeting a family’s needs with validation and exploration.