Amber Stirlen, PsyD
I've been fascinated with human behavior ever since I took an AP Psychology course in high school. I wanted to learn more about how our mental and physical health is interrelated and how that impacts our behaviors, emotions, choices and relationships.
As a psychologist, I see individuals between the ages of 5 and 85, who most commonly present with symptoms of depression and anxiety. I have a specialization in health psychology and really enjoy helping patients meet their health and wellness goals. Patients may be referred for services if they tell their primary care physician or other health care provider that they feel fatigued, irritable, can't concentrate, can't sleep, suffer from unexplained body aches or pain or have a sense of feeling unwell without being sure what is wrong. If an individual is seeking support, they can call our office directly and do not need a referral. I offer individual, family, couples, and group therapies as well as psychoeducational assessments and weight loss evaluations.
During a session, when I'm with a patient, they know that they have my undivided attention and that I'm present. I'm right there with them. I meet my patients where they are in their journey. I am responsive, respectful and culturally sensitive to my patients. They see me as welcoming, warm, empathic, intelligent and competent. When working with children, I often involve family members to assure that there is open communication and collaboration.
I use a holistic treatment approach, ranging from short-term psychodynamic therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy that encompasses the patient's worldview. With children, therapy is based on their developmental level and can include play therapy or behavioral modification. Each individual is more than a list of symptoms, but a unique and complex person with experiences that have impacted their choices. Together, we work to increase and enhance their own strengths so they are better able to cope with their current stress and increase their confidence to cope with new experiences in the future.
I'm most joyful when patients leave my office feeling better than when they walked in the door - even if it is just a slight bit better. Seeing my patient's new sense of confidence and happiness is very satisfying. Beyond that, it's gratifying to see when one person changes, it can positively change so many relationships, as well as their ability to create and maintain healthy relationships moving forward in their life.
Outside of the office, I love spending time with my family. We like picking fruits and vegetables from our garden. I also enjoy exercising, reading and traveling.
Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- American Psychological Association
- California Psychological Association
- Psi Chi, Lifetime member
- National Association of Professional Women