Background Image

Amy L. Richardson

In this Section

Amy L. Richardson, Assistant Director of Counseling/First Year Seminar Coordinator


Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC)


Associate of Arts (AA) Mater Dei College
Bachelor of Science (BS) SUNY @ Plattsburgh
Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.)
Certificate of Advance Studies SUNY @ Plattsburgh (CAS)

Philosophy of Counseling:

My style of counseling is about comfort, safety, acceptance, and trust. It is not easy to ask for help when you have been alone with your pain for a long time. I try my best to facilitate an open, on-going discussion about what the person’s problems are and how they have gotten to this point. I don’t do the work for them but I provide them with the necessary insight and language to understand what’s going on with their life and how they can become a more active, positive participant in that life. 


I am originally from a very small town about 45 minutes from Potsdam. I grew up on the St Lawrence River. My professional career began in AmeriCorps as a Crisis Intervention Counselor/Rape Crisis Counselor at a local Crisis Center in Plattsburgh, New York. Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I worked at SUNY Canton College where I was a Residence Hall Director for 1 year. Like any other University setting I dealt with students being overwhelmed with their academics and personal issues. They were panicked, anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. My job was to help them to see light at the end of the tunnel; to make sure they got the right tutoring and counseling. I feel personally that one of my strongest strengths due to the fact that I have recently gone through my University experience is my ability to identify when students are in pain and to help the healing process which will ultimately get them back on track. I joined Clarkson’s Counseling Center staff in August ’05. I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, and softball. I particularly enjoy playing slow-pitch softball during the summer. I can be seen playing catch or hoops with some of my students.