Providing mental health services for over 25 years
Established in June of 1993 by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Emilio Amigo, Amigo Family Counseling, LLC (AFC) has provided specialized comprehensive mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for over 25 years. Amigo Family Counseling offers comprehensive treatment for individuals living with a variety of neurological, developmental, and mental health diagnoses. Our center specializes in therapeutic development for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families; for this emphasis, Dr. Amigo created the Respons∙ability Social Therapy™ (RST) program. We also provide treatment for individuals living with a variety of other diagnoses and life challenges, including: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety / Social Phobia Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, PTSD & Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Depression & Related Conditions. In addition to the RST program, we provide treatment for Family, Couples, & Parent(s)/Child Dynamics, Family Conflict, Parental Stress, Divorce Conflict & Stress, and Life / Career Challenges.
355 E. Campus View Blvd., # 105, Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 310-1234 (phone)
(614) 310-1237 (fax)
Areas of Practice
A weekly group therapy program designed to specifically address the social deficits for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. The purpose is to improve the clients' ability to initiate, maintain, and sustain social relationships, to develop social-emotional reciprocity abilities, and to enhance the verbal and nonverbal communication aspects of social engagement. Groups may also include those who do not have an ASD diagnosis but still struggle with these social abilities.
These classes use full-body movements and/or breathing techniques for anxiety reduction & improved awareness, self-regulation, & coping skills. These classes also benefit overall health, particularly targeting a healthy cardiovascular, circulatory, sleep, respiratory & immune systems, & improving weight, fine & gross motor abilities, & body image. Classes are offered at all levels of experience. Classes help clients feel empowered, vibrant, and calm.
All members involved in the RST Groups are required to do initial and annual diagnostic evaluations and functional assessments. These evaluations are scientifically valid and reliable measures. Initial assessments allow for a professional differential diagnosis and give a baseline of diagnostic, developmental, behavioral and functional abilities so that longitudinal progress or decline can be measured. Annual assessments allow us to track clinical outcomes through time and assist with treatment planning.
Amigo Family Counseling is soon to offer an Integrative Medicine Program where clients can apply holistic, mind-body health practices to improve their mental and physical health and overall well-being. Integrative health practices will be coordinated with AFC’s ongoing efforts to help clients with life skills. The focus of the integrative health program at AFC is to develop tangible, sustainable, & measurable change toward health, balance, and fulfillment.
other clinical services
IEP Educational Consultation & Advocacy
Parent Guidance & Counseling
Short-Term Problem-Focused Therapy
Individual Social Skill Building
Daily and Continued Life Skill Building
Friday Night “Community Groups” wherein clients engage in a wide variety of activities in a social gathering atmosphere at our center. Activities include: a movie club, a video game club, a room for board games, card games, or role playing, an art and drawing room, a karaoke and dance area, and other activities. Other times, we view movies at a local cinema. Social immersion helps clients practice real-life social situations, develop rewarding friendships, and build a larger social network.
The Creative Social Arts Program at AFC includes a 20-week long Acting Workshop (AW) program that culminates in a theater production at a local downtown theater. Our AW program is instrumental in the development of a host of skills used in social relationships such as attention, group dynamics, awareness, and verbal & nonverbal communication. AFC also offers dance instruction for individuals and couples and is soon to offer group movement workshops.
The Ohio State University Department of City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture is collaborating with Amigo Family Counseling to learn how those in the city planning profession can improve the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder by building better places that account for their needs and interests. Clients from AFC who are living with ASD are informing city planners about how individuals with ASD live their lives in their community so that city planners may design better community considering how individuals with ASD get around, the kind of place they live, and how and where they like to play or relax, with the goal to create environments where adults with autism can thrive.
Our Emotional Support Therapy Dogs
There are two Emotional Support Therapy Dogs here at Amigo Family Counseling. Manny is a 6 year old Zuchon Teddy Bear Dog -- a cross breed between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. Manny brings a very supportive presence to the clinic with his calm demeanor and mature age. Astro, a 2 year old Chocolate Toy Poodle, has a silly and affectionate manner that brings many smiles and much laughter to our clients. Through companionship and affection, Manny and Astro therapeutically help our clients by improving mood, alleviating emotional distress, and facilitating socialization.