Amy VanBecelaere LCPC, R-DMT
Alumni Coordinator and Primary Therapist/Integrative Movement Based
As a Primary Therapist at Lido Wellness Center (LWC), Amy incorporates various treatment techniques and modalities into her patient care practice. Previously, Amy has worked in all levels of care including Residential, PHP, and IOP focusing on the treatment of eating disorders and primary mental health. She has spent over eight years in the behavioral healthcare industry, beginning her career in Chicago before moving to California in search of better weather. She chose to join LWC’s clinical team because of the value they place on alternative forms of healing, enabling Amy to share her practice and encourage healing in new and creative ways. As a registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) at LWC, she’s empowered to bring alternative forms of healing into the clinical space and join other respected clinicians in their work treating trauma, mental health, and addiction.
At LWC, Amy specializes in treating eating disorders as a secondary issue and helping women heal from trauma. She is extensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), training directly with facilitators who worked with the founder of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Through DBT, Amy helps patients modify their reactions and behaviors to better cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. Amy also has vast experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), incorporating mindfulness strategies to address psychological disorders. Amy utilizes Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) to encourage the use of the body as a tool of expression and self-discovery. Through this type of therapy, Amy finds passion in helping her patients reconnect with their bodies in a safe way and experience growth. Amy’s treatment philosophy involves the use of creative exploration such as art making, writing and movement as a way for patients to get in touch with deep or hidden parts of themselves.
Amy finds herself inspired by the bravery of her patients and believes that the most rewarding aspect of her job is watching the transformation when her patients graduate from the program and make meaningful changes in their lives. This is why she is also the Alumni Coordinator where she can help alumni of LWC stay connected and supported by designing and facilitating wellness focused events and groups.
In her own life, Amy incorporates wellness and self-care through yoga practice and engaging with nature. She enjoys all the natural beauty California has to offer through hiking, bike riding, and spending time at the ocean. She finds spiritual fulfillment in prayer, oracle cards, and meditation.