MAMATOTO: SWAHILI FOR "MOTHERBABY": HONOURING THE FOUNDATIONAL CONNECTION
Mamatoto references our primary attachments, it references my history helping families as a midwife, but this clinic is for anyone seeking tools and insights to help them embrace life's challenges. I look forward to working with you.
My name is Amy Kelly.
After working with families as a midwife for over a decade and completing my Master's in counseling psychology, I am pleased to offer counseling services in the Comox Valley.
I offer services to individuals, couples, and families.
I have experienced what I can only describe as overwhelming success in my marriage, parenting, personal and professional life since working alongside Amy. She has given me not only a warm and understanding ear, but many tools for managing my mental health and wellness. I have not felt this free of anxiety or this genuinely contented and happy in my life ever. I feel like a new person and I am so joyful to finally experience my life in the moment"." Anonymous Mama
" I highly recommend the Mamacare support groups...to any moms out there seeking a safe place to express all of the overwhelming joys and pains of day to day mothering. I have attended both the regular Mamacare and a Step-mamacare and both are amazing. The small groups are held in an inviting, comfortable and calm setting. Group sessions are gently guided by Amy's compassionate style of counselling, creating an environment of trust and non-judgement, allowing for vulnerability and growth. And, to top it all off the group sessions wrap up with the most blissful combination yoga/thai massge facilitated by In-yoga. The combination of group therapy, relaxing yoga and gentle thai massage is the utmost perfect combination for healing, relaxation,and rejuvination. Mama, you deserve this. " mama
"Mamacare group is great for sharing experiences with other moms and Amy is full of resources." mama
Counselling Sessions in Canada
Currently enrolled in: University of California, CPE 2022-2023, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship.
Recent Professional Development
Parent Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale: University of Washington, Parent-Child Relationship Programs at Barnard Centre; February 11-13, 2022; certified reliable by the UW PCR Programs 2-21-22 (for use with children 0-12 months)
Bringing the Body into Practice: Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy; Two Year Program with Lisa Mortimore. 2020-2021
Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings: Birth and Reproductive Trauma Program 2021
Postpartum Support International: Perinatal Mood Disorders; Components of Care March 2021
Postpartum Support International: Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training; March 2021
Advanced Training Workshop: Collaborative & Proactive Solutions; Dr Ross Greene, October 2019
Building Strengths: Early Childhood Presenter: Dr Martin Brokenleg, September 2019.