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Team Spotlight – Amber Wrye, LPC, LCDC, EMDR II

Jun 22, 2021

Amber Wrye, LPC, LCDC, EMDR II, Program Director of Hannah’s House

Amber is a compassionate therapist and leader with extensive experience in clinical counseling management. Previously part of the Origins family for over five years, she’s excited to return to her newest role, making an impact by helping to free women from addiction and enter into transformative lives of awareness. Amber earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling from the University of North Texas and is completing her Ph.D. in organizational leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Amber is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC), and a Level Two Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR II) therapist. An avid volunteer, she’s also a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness, and The Chicago School Professional Psychology Consulting Club doing pro bono consulting for nonprofits.

What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?

My journey and experience with addiction and recovery were the primary catalysts for becoming a therapist. I decided my life mission was going to be to help others recover from this devastating disease. I came to Origins in 2013 and have always had a fondness and love for Origins’ mission and staff. When I left Origins, I was the program director at Gate Lodge. I returned to my hometown of Dallas in 2018 and hoped that I would be able to work with Origins again. That dream came true. Origins is more than work; it’s a family. I am proud to be a part of this family once again.

If there was only one thing you could tell us about working within your specialty area, what would it be?

Working with individuals who have endured hardships and turned their lives around has given my life meaning and has been a great reward. There’s nothing better than helping another individual recover. Seeing the light return to their lives is incredible. In addition to specializing in addiction, trauma treatment, family counseling, and mind-body sponsoring philosophies, I now work primarily with the clinical and support staff to help achieve the best team dynamics. For many years, my focus has been to build robust relationships and support among employees to maximize patient care and create a synergistic healing environment for all. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in organizational leadership and believe this training will help me create a great culture and environment at Hannah’s House.

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

Working in substance use treatment is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work, and self-care is mandatory for anyone working in therapy. I truly believe in taking care of the caretakers. Personal growth translates into quality client care.

Do you hold any credentials or certifications? Do you participate in any professional activities outside of work? 

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC,) a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC), and a Level Two Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

(EMDR II) therapist. I’m a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). I am also a founding member of the Dallas chapter of the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness (IOM) and a member of The Chicago School Professional Psychology Consulting Club, where we do pro bono consulting for non-profit organizations.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

I love to read books. Dancing is my favorite thing. I also enjoy self-help meetings, helping others by taking them through the 12-Steps, and spending time with my geriatric Chihuahua, Madonna.

Hannah’s House is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 844.321.1003.

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