Amy Arruda, LCSW



Amy Arruda, LCSW

To Amy Arruda, knowing when to ask for help is admirable. From her own history, she realizes it’s not easy to put your pride aside, but the choice to attend therapy put you in the driver’s seat. When Amy finally asked for help, this became an important milestone in her life which ultimately led me to discover a passion for helping others who have endured loss and experienced trauma. Amy is most inspired by Brené Brown, author of The Power of Vulnerability, because she reminded Amy you must led your guard down and experience painful emotions in order for change to take place. She is also inspired by Jon Kim, author of The Angry Therapist, whose painful divorce led him through a “rebirth” of resilience. Amy has participated in workshops and is trained in Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In her opinion, she excels at treating trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorders, autism spectrum disorders, substance abuse, and LGBTQ+ issues.

Amy originally chose to pursue a career in healthcare following her father’s suicide. She felt compelled to raise suicide awareness and ultimately help individuals who’ve been affect by suicide, loss, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Prior to joining Newport Academy, Amy worked as a MDFT Therapist at Connecticut Junior Republic and as a Therapeutic Foster Care Clinician at the Boys & Girls Village.

Newport Academy…in her own words

“My most recent endeavors have been with adolescents, so I am familiar with street talk, text acronyms, social media platforms – I speak teenager! I know how difficult it can be for teens to find their way these days with things like cyber-bullying being so heavily prevalent. Newport Academy has a team approach that can effectively provide emotional and behavioral support for children and families with wide array of needs utilizing a holistic and strengths-based clinical approach.”–Amy Arruda

Select Achievements

  • Bachelor’s of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Master’s of Clinical Social Work from Fordham University
  • Trainings in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy