Amanda has been in the professional counseling field for over six years. She has worked in outpatient mental health settings, inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency settings, and community social work settings. She has worked with and supported a diverse population of individuals with the following mental health issues: schizophrenia, autism, trauma, personality and mood disorders, anxiety, gender identity, chemical dependency, and others.
Amanda has experience working with individuals and groups. She prefers to work in a collaborative role with individuals using creative means of problem solving and healing. Amanda works within the theoretical models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy.
Amanda has recently joined the online community at BetterHelp.com where she conducts therapy with individuals and couples; teaching them coping skills and encouraging active work in their recovery. Amanda has also started contributing as a reviewer for the Editorial Team at BetterHelp.com. Amanda holds a special interest in the LGBT community, trauma, and personality disorders
Amanda holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature from Purdue University as well as a bachelor of arts in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia. Amanda received her master of science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Buffalo where she consecutively studied Mental Health Counseling. She moved on to achieve a certification in Rehabilitation Counseling and licensure in Mental Health Counseling.
I believe that all individuals who endure symptoms of mental health have the capacity to learn and grow in a way that lifts them out of their current state of inertia and into one that allows movement and freedom in their environments. I also believe that we need to treat symptoms. While diagnoses are helpful for the trajectory of treatment we do not need to get caught up in terms and life sentences. Treatment takes active and consistent work on the part of the provider and the consumer. Coping skills work best when practiced. Every skill I teach is something that I have practiced myself so that I can genuinely experience it and know how it works inside and out. Finally, I believe that my successes in the field are owed largely to my own personal experiences of healing and learning rather than my education alone.