Amber Sperling, MSW RSW, PMH-C

(She/her)

Online Therapy

About Me

Amber Sperling is a Social Worker, Psychotherapist honoured to provide trauma treatment for women pre/post partum and first responders/ front line health care workers experiencing distress and overwhelm in their lives. Clients express appreciation for Amber's client-centred approach, beginning by listening to their concerns, getting to know them then setting goals and building skills and resources for managing distress. Amber believes distressing experiences can be transformed into memories instead of carried as the defining piece of your identity. Anxiety and depression do not need to be barriers to long-term wellness, and evidence-based treatments are available. One of her favourite quotes which defines her philosophy to care is from Albert Ellis: “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Education & Experience

Amber earned joint honours degrees at Carleton University in Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Law. She also has a Master of Social Work degree received from Wilfred Laurier University with a primary focus on individuals, families and groups and a secondary focus on community, policy, planning and organizations. As part of her graduate school training Amber completed an international placement in Moshi Tanzania, providing community engagement and psychosocial support groups for vulnerable children and youth. Amber completed Advanced Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with the Albert Ellis Institute, is working toward certification in EMDR and has completed a variety of training and certificates in trauma treatment, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Acupuncture detoxification (NADA protocol) and mindfulness. She was also one of the first Canadians to receive certification from Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mental Health.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Postpartum Support International EMDRIA National Accupuncture Detoxification Association Ontario Association of Social Workers North Simcoe Muskoka Regional Women and Children's Network, Birthing Families Working Group RVH Foundation Cabinet Volunteer

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Seniors

Language

  • English

Insurance


Insurance covering Registered Social Work in province of Ontario