Amy Koster, LPC

Vulnerability. Choices. Freedom.

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection-the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”  Brene Brown

Life Happens One Degree at a Time

I don’t remember making a conscious decision to try to be perfect. No one pushed it on me. I think it came from something in me that somehow believed the only way people will like me is if I uphold the qualities they value in me.  If they said I was smart, then I have to always be smart- I can’t let them down. If they said I was beautiful - then that defines me- and I have to uphold that view to continue to have their love and approval.  If they commented, “You have the most beautiful family,” then I had to make sure that image of “beauty” as they defined it, always remained. I don’t remember ever thinking any of that… but slowly, subconsciously, choice by choice… I began to paint this picture of “perfect” all around me.

When you’re busy making everything look perfect, living to please others, trying to keep everyone’s love and approval, you are not living authentically.  You begin to make compromises in what you believe, in your values. You lose who you are. Not only are you making choices that are taking you further and further from where you wanted to be, but you also accept harmful treatment from others because exposing their truth would also mean exposing yours. So, you go further and further down a dark hole until you can’t even see your way out.

If you’re in that place right now, I know everything seems hopeless.  It seems like your emotions have completely taken you over and you’re at their mercy….fear, anger, panic, desperation. Or maybe you’ve already moved into depression, and complete apath. You've given up and there seems to be no way out.

The First Step is the Hardest

I have been in that place, and I can tell you that there is a way out. There is hope. It just takes making that first step. That first step to be vulnerable. To live in the truth no matter how messy that truth is at the time.

My first step was to be completely honest with my family and closest friends. To strip back the layers of paint and be completely vulnerable. After that, and with their support and love, I had the courage to lay down anything that was hurtful to me or not in line with my values, and move forward, step by step, choice by choice, toward a life of Truth and authenticity.

Turn Right at Hope

One of those choices led me to go volunteer at a Pregnancy Center. These teenage girls and boys and even women and men, found themselves at the very point I had experienced, of fear, desperation and panic…facing a major life changing decision right then and there.  In that moment of meeting those people where they were and walking with them at one of the scariest moments in their life, it was then that I knew I wanted to return to Counseling.

So I am here today ready to meet you wherever you are.  I would love to help you:

“Get (your) life back. Reclaim the gifts of imperfection-the courage to be real, the compassion you need to love yourself and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to your life. These are the gifts that will bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy (back) into your life.” #freedom

Years In Practice

5

Populations Served

Adolescents and Adults
Individuals, Couples, and Families

Treatments Offered

  • Abuse: Emotional/Psychological
    • Gaslighting
    • Narcissism
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Self Esteem/Self Worth/Identity Crisis

Formal Education

Bachelors in Psychology from Howard Payne University 1994

Masters in Counseling from UNT 1996

LPC Licensure

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Recommended Books

1. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embracing Who you Are - Brene Brown
2. Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People- and Break Free - Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD
3. Just as you are: A Teen's Guide to Self-Acceptance and Lasting Self-Esteem - Michelle Skeen, PsyD
4. Codependent No More - Melody Beattie

 
BONUS BOOK:
Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers

Recommended Videos

Schedule An Appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to sign additional forms and/or, If you did not have chance to fill out the Life Tree Intake Packet. Just grab the clipboard at the window, complete the intake packet and I will be with you shortly.

Cancellation Policy

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Failure to cancel (24 hrs in advance) or show up for your scheduled session will constitute permission to bill you for the time you scheduled.