Amy Kaufman Burk grew up in the Hollywood Hills. Her father was a screenwriter and her mother, a social anthropologist. Amy was raised in a home with thousands of books. She was an avid reader as a child, and still is.
Amy attended Hollywood High School, and Yale University, where she graduated cum laude, with distinction in the major of psychology. She received her Masters degree in Health and Medical Sciences from University of California, Berkeley, and her Doctorate of Mental Health from University of California, San Francisco. She had a private practice in psychotherapy in Northern California for over 20 years before moving to North Carolina. She is married, with two sons and one daughter.