Episode 4: Conversation with Amy Walton
My name is Amy Walton. I am a happily married mother of two daughters, and I hold a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Prior to beginning graduate studies, I spent nine years as a full-time, stay-at-home mom. Those rich years have solidified my views on the centrality of attachment, and the key role that relationships play in our day to day lives.
I have come to see the counselling process as a powerful vehicle for change, and believe in the healing potential of a safe, caring and authentic therapeutic space. I believe that we all have a story that is worthy of sharing, and I consider bearing witness to another person’s experiences a tremendous privilege. I tend to gravitate toward counselling models which emphasize mindfulness, self-compassion, and somatic awareness, and I work to increase these elements in my own life as well. I believe in the wisdom of our bodies, and our tremendous potential (and indeed orientation) toward healing and restoration. Alongside counselling individuals, couples, and families, I had the transformative experience of co-facilitating a grief support group with our own Eugena Maguire. Eugena and I bonded immediately over our shared loved (and in my case crazy fandom) of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, and our professional relationship and personal friendship has flourished ever since. She is not only a joy to be with; she is an embodiment of authenticity, warmth and grace. Thanks Eugena, for having me.