Amber Vial, MFT-A
Marital and Family Therapy Associate
“To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect — and vulnerable. We have to believe that we are fundamentally worthy of love and acceptance, just as we are. I’ve learned that there is no better way to invite more grace, gratitude and joy into our lives than by mindfully practicing authenticity.”— Brené Brown
Amber Vial is an MFT-A* who has found a deep source of fulfillment and joy working with couples and individuals to help transform their lives. She values warmth and genuineness and helps her clients grow by developing a therapeutic relationship in which exploration, acceptance, and healing can take place. She believes that meaningful relationships are the cornerstone to mental health and wellness and that choosing to live intentionally can bring clarity and peace to our often hectic and stressful lives.
Amber earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Excited to pursue her passion for connecting with others, she went on to earn her Masters of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. When working with couples, Amber utilizes The Gottman Method and has been trained in Levels I and II. She has also completed Level 1 of Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy as well as an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) externship. Attachment-based therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy are some of the many influences in her clinical work with both couples and individuals.
Aside from her professional work, Amber spends her time adventuring with her three young children and her husband. She loves good music, great food, and photographic moments.
*An MFT-A is a person who has completed their graduate schooling and is in the process of completing 1500 clinical hours of supervised practice to become a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. The State of Alaska Board of Marital and Family Therapy is responsible for granting an MFT-A his/her license once they have competed the requirements set forth by the Board. Amber practices under the clinical supervision of Mercy Dennis, LMFT, and the mentorship of Ashley M. Barrera, LMFT.
As an MFT-A Amber is able to bill some insurance companies as an Out of Network provider along with offering a sliding fee scale to her clients.