Amy Hanson-Akins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Illinois and is additionally licensed in Ohio as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Endorsement. Additionally, she is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Specialists (iaedp). She maintains an independent outpatient practice in The Estuary Center for Living and Healing Arts in Naperville, Ilinois.
With almost 30 years in the medical/mental health field and almost 20 years experience as a therapist, including leadership and supervisory positions, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are eating disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, trauma, mind-body medicine, mindful eating, lifestyle changes around chronic illness and body image issues.
In addition to being a therapist, Amy has presented to general and professional audiences and provided continuing education workshops speaking on the topics of eating disorders, body image and mindful eating.
Amy is an interactive therapist utilizing evidenced based therapy such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Cognitive Based Mindfulness Therapy and EMDR Therapy. Her therapeutic approach is to provide a safe and accepting environment and join with clients to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
University of Wyoming, Master Social Work
Midland Lutheran College, BA Sociology/Behavioral Science
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board - LISW-S (#I.0009429)
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation LCSW (149.019777)
EMDR Trained Therapist, Institute for Creative Mindfulness Warren, OH
Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, D.C. - Professional and Advanced Professional Training
Am I Hungry?, Mindful Eating Licensed Facilitator, Binge Eating Therapist
Binge Eating Disorder Association, conference attendance
Academy for Eating Disorder, conference attendance
Professional Activities and Memberships
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National and Illinois State Chapter
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
Clinical Social Workers Association