Amy Zajakowski Uhll is the founder and director of the Chicago Center for Integration and Healing. For more than 30 years, Amy has been committed to exploring the harm caused by traumatic experiences. She helps individuals discover their own unique journey toward healing and supports other therapists in their work with trauma.
Amy spent the early years of her career working in community mental health. Her experience there deepened her awareness that there is no single approach that can treat all of human suffering, and she began her career-long interest in integrating body-centered and neurobiological approaches with more relational and developmental work. She specializes in complex and developmental trauma and dissociative disorders.
In 2011, Amy founded CCIH as part of her ongoing mission to create a community centered around the treatment of trauma. At CCIH, Amy had a lead role in creating the center’s treatment philosophy, therapist training programs and Integrated Practices curriculum. In addition, she has created and facilitated many professional development workshops and offered trauma-informed training and consultation to individual therapists, group practices, social service agencies and other groups.
Amy understands that trauma reverberates at all levels of human experience: the individual, relational, communal and societal. She supports therapists as they interrogate their own history of wounding, implicit biases and present experience in the development of their own authentic approach to healing work. She holds that the healing of traumatic experiences is an essential agent of social change.
Amy is originally trained in psychodynamic treatment and graduated with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 1991. She also completed the Level 1 Training for the Treatment of Trauma (2006) and Level II Emotional Processing, Meaning Making and Attachment Repair (2018), through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute of Boulder, CO.