Amy Nydam, MC, R.Psych
I am the proud owner and founder of YEG Family Counselling. I specialize in helping individuals, families and couples when Neurodiversity, mental health, and other struggles are getting in the way of communication and connection. I also loves working with new moms, trans folks, queer couples and families, and those who have experienced religious trauma.
My Ideal Client
I work with individuals (12+), couples, and families.
I also work with a limited number of children doing play therapy, depending on the complexity of their needs.
I especially loves working with:
Neurodiverse couples and families (ADHD, Autism, OCD, TD, etc.)
Neurodivergent women and non-binary folks struggling with their relationships and/or identity, especially those who have been diagnosed as adults.
Couples negotiating consensual non-monogamy or one partner coming out as queer or trans.
People who have been hurt, rejected, or alienated from religious communities based on their gender, sexuality, or mental health.
Working with Me
I am a big nerd when it comes to a few topics, two of which are attachment and the nervous system. In session you will hear me talk about these two things a lot. The bottom line is, when our key relationships (like partner and parent-child relationships) are in distress, our bodies react as though our lives are in danger. I believe deeply that this explains so much of what feels in the moment like "irrational" behaviour. We always have a reason for what we do, and usually it has to do with safety.
My style is conversational, relaxed, warm, and empathic, but when I need to, I am not afraid to interrupt and be directive, especially when there is more than one person in the room.
Registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists #4253
Member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta
Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples, Family, and Individual Therapy; working toward certification
Play therapy training in Synergetic Play Therapy, Theraplay, and Child-centred Play Therapy
When I'm not at YEG FC...
I am mom to three adorable and tiring young children, so I am familiar with the joy and exhaustion that comes with the parenting territory. I am also an obsessive knitter. I enjoy the tactile, calming, productiveness of knitting, and it gives my ADHD hands something to do! My family and I also love to go camping, especially in the National Parks of the US and Canada.