Amber Leighann Pope Hodges University
Amber L. Pope is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hodges University in Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. Pope received Ph.D. in Counselor Education and her M.S. in Community Counseling (now Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina (currently pursuing licensure as a LMHC in Florida), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Pope stays involved in professional development and leadership as an active member of the ACA, ALGBTIC, ACES, and other professional organizations at the state, regional, and national level. Dr. Pope currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
Dr. Pope specializes in the areas of couples counseling, sexuality concerns, gender and sexuality development, and LGBTQ-related counseling. She has experience working with transgender persons to support them through the transitioning process and conducting cross-sex hormone and gender-reassignment surgery assessments. She has worked in various clinical mental health settings including private practice, college campus counseling centers, outpatient mental health at community agencies, and hospitals treating a variety of presenting issues. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and also utilizes solution-focused, mindfulness training, and interpersonal process techniques in therapy.