Amy Lajiness, MSW

Mental Health Therapist

Amy spent her childhood living in New Jersey, California, Fiji, and Virginia, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL), where she enjoyed fostering connections between people as a dorm R.A. Following graduation, she moved back to her home state of California and began working with children with autism and their families in San Diego. Amy also worked for several years as a Director of Youth Ministry before attending San Diego State for her Masters in Social Work, graduating in 2016. Her graduate studies included a concentration on children, youth, and families, and coursework to obtain her Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Social Work. Amy’s professional experience includes school-based mental health services, outpatient family and individual therapy, facilitating restorative circles, and supervising graduate-level interns. In 2019, Amy completed a Professional Ecotherapy Certification, combining her love of psychotherapy and her belief in the healing powers of the great outdoors. Amy is thrilled to be a part of Mending Matters, where she can meet youth where they are, recognize their unique gifts and potential, and empower and support them.


Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and trying out new recipes.


Helix High School, Thursday and Friday
Amy can only be reached during the hours of 7:30AM-3:30PM. In the event you are feeling unsafe or require immediate medical or psychiatric assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the Access & Crisis Line for 24/7 assistance at (888)724-7240.