Amy Davis, PsyD
Dr. Davis is a core faculty member and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology. She is the clinical training director for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. She also serves as a clinical supervisor for counseling at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
Dr. Davis' professional interests include balancing clinical work and supervision of students with teaching and scholarship. As an existential and feminist psychologist, Dr. Davis has a strong commitment to multicultural competence and seeks to integrate awareness of diversity into every interaction. Dr. Davis is the co-author of a newly released textbook on complex ethical dilemmas, Ethics for Psychologists (Sage, 2012). Part of her work on that text involved a comparative analysis of the psychology ethics codes from other countries and a comparison with the American code of ethics.
Dr. Davis is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the Washington State Psychological Association. Her research interests include the role of energetic martial arts (such as tai chi and qigong) in helping balance anxiety, and complex ethical dilemmas in the professional practice of psychology. Her next proposed text will examine the cultural and gender construction of what we call "mental illness" throughout recent history, and will examine psychodiagnostics from the frame of the hermeneutic circle.
As a long-time student of tai chi and Eastern philosophy, Dr. Davis follows the path of lifelong learning with a beginner's mind. Dr. Davis works with students and clients in similar ways, treating each experience as individual, ephemeral and sacred. Dr. Davis believes in client-centered, student-centered interactions, and encourages the practice of ferocious listening, self-compassion, and transparency throughout her work. A key component of Dr. Davis' approach is phenomenological, or approaching each person's subjective world as a fellow traveler or explorer, rather than as an expert.
Dr. Davis completed her internship at Cancer Lifeline, where she provided individual and group therapy to cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Davis also has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, performing assessments and therapy. Dr. Davis has diverse clinical experience that includes elementary schools, universities and the correctional system.
Education & Affiliations
Dr. Davis earned her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle and her Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology from Bastyr University.