Amy Smith M.A., R.P.
My own journey to wellness began in 1998, when I met a psychotherapist/educator named Viola Fodor. Despite outside appearances, I had spent several years tortured on the inside by my own demons – an eating disorder, depression, extreme people-pleasing and a sense of meaninglessness . I tried many ways, and consulted many professionals, in an attempt to help myself out of my eating disorder and inner pain. Unfortunately, things only got worse for me and despair set in. When I met Viola, I knew immediately that my search for help was over. While going through her program, my awareness opened and my relationship to my true self began to develop. My healing process did not happen overnight, but I knew I was on the right track. My depression lifted and my eating slowly started to become natural again. I was able to heal from my inner darkness and get well. This doesn’t mean that my life is perfect or free from problems, but it does mean that I can face problems directly, with wisdom and compassion. It also means that I have a self that I can rely on that exists separate from any problem, challenge or pain. For more information on how healing happens, see FAQ.
Through my own experience, I began to realize what I was meant to do as my life’s work. In my professional life, I obtained a B. Sc. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. I am registered with the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists) and have worked as a counsellor at hospitals, residential centres, outpatient programs and a university campus. I have acquired many years of experience helping people struggling with problems such as eating disorders, addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, etc. Wanting to work with people in the most significant way, I completed a training program that Viola Fodor offers for professionals. I now use her program in my own work with clients in my private practice.