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Amy Shuman LICSW, DCSW

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) MA and CT (LCSW)
  • Diplomate of Clinical Social Work, NASW 2011
  • Clinically Certified by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 1995
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association for Trauma Professionals 2011
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (Hypnodyne Foundation) 1998
  • Lead Trainer and Certified Clinician in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (RCRR) 2012
  • Member of the World Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 2019

Professional Background

Amy has more than 25 years professional experience working in clinical, administrative, research, academic, and group social work. She holds the credential, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the NASW. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, abuse and issues related to sexual orientation and gender. She is also a Master Therapist and Lead Trainer in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) since 2009. As a researcher and research assistant, Amy is a co-author of several study publications under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Kevin Kip. Amy is lead author in a new textbook chapter for Graduate Studies in Psychological Counseling.

As a trauma-focused therapist Amy has been active in The Red Cross as a Mental Health Disaster Volunteer.

Also, Amy was deployed to help with triage, referral and crisis counseling with the Columbine High students, faculty and families in May of 1999 and worked as a mental health crisis volunteer counselor at the Woodstock II concert in Saugerties, NY.

Today she is a University mental health counselor at Western New England University, and teaches Clinical Theory in the MSW program at Westfield State University in MA.

Professional Affiliations:

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
National Association of Social Workers


Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Connecticut
B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts

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Areas of Focus

Amy Shuman, LICSW, DCSW, is a compassionate therapist specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety, and issues related to sexual orientation and gender. With over 25 years of experience and expertise in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Amy empowers individuals to navigate their healing journey towards resilience and growth.

Amy Shuman utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Recovery from Trauma, anxiety, depression using a “bottom-up” approach (somatic interventions to relieve related symptoms)
  • Health and safety for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people
  • Individual and family therapy with university students and their families
  • Therapy with people within the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Support for Parents and Caretakers of transgender and non-binary people