Meet Amber Raffeld, MFT

Meet Amber Raffeld, MFT

Amber Raffeld, MFT

 My path to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist was not linear, but I knew from a young age that I wanted to help families and individuals in a way that a few caring people had done for me. I was born in Chicago and moved to Columbus early on in life. Being in a family like so many others; coping with previous experiences, inheriting generational trauma, struggling to handle life’s stressors, facing addiction, and trying to understand how to work together, instilled in me a desire to help other families feel supported and to offer a sense of hope.

After receiving my undergraduate degree in Art Therapy from Capital University, I started a family and returned to a career that I had previously found passion for, coffee. Managing coffee shops and working for coffee roasters became a great passion and my knowledge and skills in the field grew and engaged me. Although, I eventually noticed that my interest in this field was centered around helping others, and this reignited my dream to work with individuals and families in a therapeutic sense.

Inspired, I was drawn to attend graduate school at Sofia University, because of the program’s transpersonal and experiential approach. I have had the opportunity to work in community mental health with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families, as well as positively addressing; life transitions, LGBTQIA+, communication, ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and different types of trauma, in my experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

In addition to my graduate degree, I have completed almost two years of a three-year training certification in Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress stored in the body. This approach, in addition to the creative and transpersonal foundation I have, builds upon my holistic perspective of treatment.

Navigating healthy conflict, communication, stages of life, and needs of ourselves and our partners/families are not easy tasks. Building emotion regulation, healthy communication, and learning to attend to our needs becomes essential and can be explored and practiced through therapy. I hold a warm and affirming space, inclusive of all individuals. I have a client-centered approach and believe that everyone has an innate capacity to heal and a therapist can be a resource and support to navigate this with. I hope to provide that for you.