Lyz Amarillo

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Lyz Amarillo, obtained her doctorate from Argosy University, Chicago in 2015. She has an array of experience working in community mental health, higher level of mental health care, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health crisis management, severe chronically ill and with geriatric individuals. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor since 2011. She has instructed courses in English and Spanish.

Her teaching philosophy reflects her interest and the importance of collaborative authorship. She prefers a client-center/student-centered developmental approach that encourages learning from each other. She firmly believes that creating dialogue around any issue or complication is the key to making a more informed decision. She finds interesting ways to enhance the understanding of mental health with others. She is modest in her achievements and always eager to learn and solve concerns.

Dr. Amarillo, has been an advocate for the counseling profession, writing letters to representatives, signing petitions, and attending Counselor Day on Capitol Hill in Illinois. She educates other counselors on the importance of being proactive in policies that affect the field. She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association and has been the past president of the Chicago Counseling Association (CCA).

Courses Taught

COUN 6336 - Crisis, Trauma, and Response

COUN 6100 - Intro to Mental Health

GRHP 6100 - Group Lab

COUN 6722 - Theories of Counseling

CLPLB 602L - CMHC-Pre Practicum 2


EdD, Argosy University

MA, Argosy University

Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification, Illinois Certification Board, Inc