Amy Mader and her story all the way to mental wealthOne step at a time…
AMY MADER IS THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU’VE FELT KNOWN FOR YEARS – She’s sweet and easy-going, with a laid-back yet humorous demeanor that she’s not afraid to share when the time is right. And while she admits she’s had her fair share of angst, it never feels like there’s a single “flaw” in her. She is the friend who is always ready to share their much needed advice, the one who is always there to help. It’s literally appropriate. She’s actually working to become a licensed social worker after all…would you like her to be something else in terms of personality?
Amy Mader began her journey into social work at Brookdale Community College. Having family who attended her and experience with college through her dual enrollment program, Amy thought it was the best option for her to explore her interests. While there, she earned a degree in history, which seemed like the right step at the time. But like most students after graduation, she knew she wanted to do more.
“My mum is a social worker and got her MSW from Monmouth University,” Amy says when asked about her interest in social work, “When my siblings and I were trying to figure out what we wanted to do [career wise], she always whispered the idea of social work in our ears. It was I who took the bait. After hearing her mother talk about social work, she attended an information session about Monmouth University’s social work program. She enjoyed the freedom and breadth offered by the field – and with the “multicultural outlook I gained from being a history student,” that suited her just fine.
While at Monmouth University, Amy completed an internship at the New Hope Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Center. “This internship was a fantastic experience for me,” she says fondly, “although I have to admit I was terrified when I started there. I was working with teenagers who, frankly, scared me. But in the end, I was really all about it…this internship really helped me learn what it takes to truly be myself.
From there, she earned certification as a Certified Counseling Hypnotist with her sister and mother – an interest she learned about from a friend who specialized in past life regression hypnosis. She also became a behavior counseling technician, working for Circle Care Services. Although she does not yet fully use hypnotism in her clinical practices, she uses guided meditations in the same way. These practices have become tools that allow his patients to relax their brains and train their brains to understand the triggers that cause their anxieties. These are resources to help you begin to heal.
Amy Mader cares so much about these practices because, even outside of her clinical practices, she uses them in her own daily life. “I have my own mental health issues, I have very severe anxiety and moderate to severe depression. Talking about mental health is definitely very important because I know not everyone has a mental health system. support to do this. I want to make mental health less of a taboo. There are always people who understand what you are going through and are there to help you… and I am happy to be able to be that for some people thanks to my work. I’m so grateful…”
Amy Mader succeeds in what she does because she understands, in her own way and from her own perspective, what someone is going through. She recognizes the importance of wanting to grow and heal through trauma and pain – she has done it herself many times. Amy is not only sweet and easy going, but someone who is so strong and constantly growing in her own way. She is what she preaches, and maybe she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Amy Mader is currently finalizing her social work license approval status. She is currently working at Stress Care of NJ and hopes to get her PhD abroad in the UK.