About Me

Amy Datla is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and she maintains a virtual private practice in Florida and in North Carolina. 

With over 20 years experience as a mental health counselor, and as a graduate of Georgia State University specializing in trauma, depressive and anxiety disorders and addictions, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Amy has advanced training as a couples therapist in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and the Gottman Method.

Amy is an integrative therapist who incorporates a variety of techniques, including, mindfulness and solution- focused strategies. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education

Amy earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University in 2003.  

License, Certifications & Awards 

Amy has been licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH 8831) since 2006. She has been licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MT 2809) since 2013. Amy earned her Certified Addiction Professional certification in 2008 and has been a National Certified Counselor since 2003. Amy obtained her license as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (16962) in North Carolina in 2021 and she is only providing counseling sessions virtually at this time and primarily resides in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Additional Training 

Amy earned her Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certification in 2014. This has prepared her to provide telemental health services, including, therapy via encrypted video conferencing and telephone. In 2018, Amy transitioned from a DCC certification to a Board Certified- TeleMental Health Provider certification (BC- TMH)

Amy has been providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety treatment to individuals and/ or groups for approximately 10 years.

Amy has completed all 3 levels of training in the Gottman Method, and has completed the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) 4-Day Externship and Core Skills Training in EFT. She is currently under clinical supervision to become a certified EFT Therapist.

Amy completed the Basic EMDR training in 2016, and obtained additional EMDR training in 2021.

Professional Activities and Memberships 

National Board of Certified Counselors 

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina

American Mental Health Counselors Association

NAADAC (Association of Addiction Professionals)

EFT Tampa Bay (Board Member- Secretary 2020- 2022)

International Coaching Federation 

Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHCA) since 2014. Served as the Treasurer (2014- 2015), President Elect/ President (2015- 2017) & Past President (2017- 2018). Amy is currently the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Committee Chair (2021- Present). 

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