My name is Amy Advey, and I have over 20 years of experience as a therapist. I have held various master's-level clinical social work and therapy positions within the field of behavioral health. As a licensed social worker, I have helped numerous clients work through depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, addiction, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and sexuality concerns. I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My approach is mainly cognitive-behavioral, although I utilize concepts from systems theory, psychodynamic principles, and humanistic psychology. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
I have completed post-graduate training as a sex therapist at the University of Michigan and am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Concerns about sex are common and often not discussed, and I offer a safe and confidential space to talk and problem-solve about these sensitive issues. For sex therapy, a biopsychosocial approach to treatment is needed and will take into account the physical, psychological, and interpersonal aspects of sexuality concerns.
- I believe that sexuality is an important part of being human.
- I believe that there has been and still is much discomfort in our culture with discussing sex. It is an emotionally loaded topic for many.
- I believe that our sexuality and diversity around how we express our sexuality should not be shamed.
- I believe that we deserve privacy and sensitivity about our sex lives unless we wish to be public about details.
- I believe that people can learn to have more satisfying sex and more joy in relationships.
- I believe that sex and love are not one and the same, but that sex with love can be more relationship-enhancing.
- I believe that comparing ourselves to peers or to media portrayals of what sex "should" be can be damaging to self-esteem or set up unrealistic expectations.
- I believe that it is okay to not be ready to confront issues of sex. For people in this situation, I am here to provide help around other issues that come up with contemplating sex: the role of and capacity for pleasure in your life, your values and morals, your challenges and strengths, your dreams, and your hopes.
My office is conveniently located on Packard Street south of Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor. Parking is free, and the AATA bus stops in front. I am happy to collaborate with your medical providers to coordinate the most integrated approach to therapy.
Daytime or evening appointments are available during weekdays.