Certified in: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Trained in: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Adaptive Disclosure Therapy (AD)
Dr. Amy Amidon is a licensed psychologist in California (2009) and Montana (2017). She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 where she trained at the Austin Veterans Affairs hospital working with combat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). She completed her APA accredited postdoctoral training as a research clinician examining moral injury in returning OEF/OIF (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom) combat Veterans at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. She completed two years at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Hospital in the OEF/OIF and MST clinics. In 2010, she transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) to help develop the Navy’s residential PTSD Clinic, providing intensive trauma therapy to OEF/OIF combat Veterans and their families until 2015. From 2015 - 2016 she worked at NMCSD’s Naval Amphibious Base. Since 2016 she has worked in Bozeman, MT as a staff psychologist at The Station Foundation providing treatment to active duty and combat Veteran Special Operations Forces, their families, and Gold Star children, where she continues to provide services.
Dr. Amidon specializes in the treatment of trauma and related disorders, to include anxiety, depression, personality disorders, difficulties with emotional regulation, stress management, and self-esteem. She has extensive training in and expertise in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Amidon takes a strengths-based approach to working with individuals, using positive psychology and mindfulness concepts to build resiliency in her clients. Dr. Amidon stresses balanced living as a means of promoting improved quality of life, purpose and meaning, healthier relationships, and increased self-compassion. She balances meeting clients where they are at, with utilizing warmth and encouragement to push them just past their comfort zone for optimal growth. She has served as a subject matter expert on moral injury and PTSD to various organizations and in national interviews (The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, NMCSD, University of San Diego, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Healthcare, Coronado Fire Department, various DoD and VA clinics). For more information, please see Dr. Amidon’s website at www.amyamidonphd.com. She can be reached at (619) 846-3625.