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Amber Konopa, LCPC, CADC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Amber Konopa (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Amber received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Winona State University.  She works with adolescents, adults, seniors, and families to provide counseling for:


Certifications and Trainings

  • National Certified Counselor

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist

  • Training in Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming

  • Training in Buddhist Psychology methods

Amber's diverse background includes over 20 years of experience in settings such as  physical medicine and rehabilitation, an inpatient psychiatric hospital treating patients with serious mental illness and substance issues, and intensive outpatient substance use treatment centers.  Amber's internship at Mayo Clinic helped foster her therapeutic style while working on a physical rehabilitation unit.  As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, she utilized creative approaches to teach patients to engage in their hobbies and leisure interests as a means of fostering holistic care as part of their journey to recovery and wellness.

Amber blends an energetic style with compassion and a directive, solution focused approach.  She integrates a number of research-based, complementary theoretical methods into treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing, as well as other healthy life skills gleaned through Buddhist psychology and other disciplines to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit.  Through her flexible, “out of the box” style, she assists her clients to discover their unique strengths and talents, which may have been masked due to unhealthy patterns in coping style or interpersonal relationships.

Click to view my educational series on Recognizing the Warning Signs of Risk in Teens

Part 1 - Recognizing the Warning Signs of Substance Use in Teens

Part 2 - The Impact of Substance Use on Brain Development in Teens

Part 3 - Warning Signs of Depression and Suicide Risk in Youth

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