Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Becoming a Marriage & Family Therapist was a second career for me. My experience working outside the home, running a business as a stay at home mom, and now a working mom, provides me a wealth of perspective to draw from and understand real family situations. People have always been drawn to me—even strangers—opening up to me about their personal lives. When I learned about/experienced therapy I realized this is what I had been doing my whole life. My MFT family systems training brought all the pieces together for me.
MFT‘s systemic approach reflects my core beliefs about life and relationships. I believe that perfect blend of instinctual empathy and the structured, systemic process is the perfect balance for this career.
People remain drawn to me and my associates. My client base is founded almost entirely on referrals from clients, friends and doctors, something I take enormous pride in!
I grew up in Bucks County, am a Central Bucks West graduate, and currently live in Chalfont. Al and I have been married 29 years and after I managed his business for thirty years while starting up this career, he now manages Amy Tielemans & Associates! If you call our office, you’ll be speaking to him. We have two sons, in college and graduate school. My free time is spent visiting them in Washington, DC and New York City, doing pilates, and spending time with my niece and nephew.
We are entertained daily by the antics of our cat Cloud and dog Bella. Bella, an Australian Shepherd looks forward to working with me. She provides a calm and loving atmosphere to my office and has created her own relationship with each client. Teaching Law & Ethics as an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s Couple & Family Therapy Program at Drexel University keeps me engaged with the next generation of MFT’s. As a Court Approved Parenting Coordinators for Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties I am trained to assist high conflict parents in resolving disputes regarding their parenting plans in the best interest of their children with the hopes of sustaining meaningful relationships for children and both parents.
As Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (PAMFT), I advocated for, and was integral in passing, laws for consumer protection against untrained and unlicensed counseling, and codified the scope of practice and standards for LMFTs and other mental health disciplines. Currently, I as PAMFT Legislative Chair where I advocate in the State Legislature for Telehealth, license portability, Mental Health in Schools, and the inclusion of LMFTs in both Medicare and Medicaid to increase the access to mental health treatment.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Locally, I formerly Chaired, and remain an active member, of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Parenting & Family Committee, and am a member of the CBCC Women in Business, and Government Affairs Committees.
I earned a BS in Marketing from Jefferson University, MBA from St. Joseph’s University and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University.