Amelia Ortega, LCSW, TCYM, SIFI

Amelia Ortega

Pronouns: they/them
Website: Amanecer Counseling

Get to know me:

Amelia specializes in trauma centered, somatic psychotherapy, online pedagogy and system change work. They currently work as a somatic psychotherapist, organizational consultant and professor of Social Work practice at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Amelia has worked for the last 13 years dedicated to supporting queer and trans young adults and families. Amelia has directed School Social Work counseling and arts programming in public high schools, residential support services for young people aging out of Foster Care and has developed school based interventions to support and organize queer students.

Amelia’s clinical practice engages trauma healing through use of somatic experiencing, and EMDR through a lens of feminist psychotherapy. Their work centers gender and race based traumas and healing, and celebrates the resilient lives of QTPOC community members.


Education: Years in Practice: 13
School: Columbia University of Social Work
Year Graduated: 2007
License # and State: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pennsylvania State (License #CWO19645), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York State (License # 084882)