Amy Mazer

Howard County Collaborative Professionals
2360 W. Joppa Road
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
United States
Office: 410.960.2526
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Mental Health Professional
Area(s) of Practice: Child Specialist, Divorce Coach
License(s): LCSW-C
Professional Activities: I have been providing individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy since 1981. My specialties include adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors and attention disorders. I work with women placing their children in adoption as well as families exploring alternative infertility treatments. I also provide consultation to families going through the process of separation and divorce in the areas of parenting and the development of parenting plans. Additionally, I serve as a divorce coach and child specialist in collaborative divorce, a process that helps couples end their marriage with dignity, respect and integrity-out of court-in order to minimize as much as possible the negative impact on the couple and their children. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
Education:
Undergraduate:
The American University*BA Psychology & Sociology*1975-1979

Post-graduate:
University of Maryland School of Social Work*MSW-Clinical*1979-1981
Comments: Collaborative practice is revolutionizing the process of divorce by providing couples with a team of professional legal, financial and mental health experts who are deeply invested in creating the best possible outcome for the couple and their children without going to court. The team recognizes the significant role emotion plays in the divorce process. Experience has taught them that when unmanaged, emotional issues can become painful and costly roadblocks to reaching an agreement and, sadly, can inflict trauma on the couple and their children. My role as a divorce coach and child specialist in the collaborative process is to help couples learn to communicate more effectively and to recognize emotional triggers and develop skills for managing them productively. As a child specialist, I serve as an advocate for children and help parents develop a shared understanding of their children's needs.