Amber Waite (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who graduated from Adler University. Amber received a dual master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling (M.A.) and sport and human performance (M.S.). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Outside of counseling, Amber is an avid ultimate frisbee athlete and spends a lot of time exploring new workouts and studying sport psychology. She has spent some time in the past working at Rainbows for All Children as a community outreach specialist. At Rainbows, she acquired knowledge about childhood trauma/grief and researched activities that enable children and adolescents to explore their emotions and personal experiences with loss. Amber additionally worked at PPH as a student intern and has experience providing services to individuals who present with a variety of mental health concerns. She is also interested in working with athletes on the mental side of injury recovery and how techniques from sport psychology and mindfulness research can be utilized in therapy.
Much of Amber’s focus is on how an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors interact and how increased self-awareness and thought restructuring can be used to create a sustainable behavior change. However, she believes in using an integrative approach to therapy, which allows her to adjust her interventions and treatment goals to specifically meet the needs of each client. As a counselor, she works with her clients in a compassionate and collaborative effort to promote resiliency and self-determination. She believes in building a strong rapport with her clients so that each client feels comfortable working through their greatest concerns.
Specializations: Life transitions, general anxiety, performance anxiety, injury recovery, grief/loss, self-esteem, depression, chronic illness, trauma, emotion regulation, social anxiety, and eating disorders.
Currently working with: Adolescents, emerging adults, and adults
Theoretical Lens: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered, Existential, Strengths-Based, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Adlerian, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Positive Psychology