Dr. Amanda Costin

(Ph.D., LMHC, NCC)

About Me

Sometimes we come to a place in our lives where we need another person to listen to us deeply and compassionately. My work with you will focus primarily on personal growth, self-acceptance, and sometimes, coping with unexpected life crises. I approach each client by trying to determine what is unique about you as a result of your life story. I place paramount value during our communication on your strengths and courage to discover a positive path to growth and well-being.
Whether you are looking for extra support through a painful or challenging life event or you’re ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you in a safe and accepting environment.

With over twenty years of experience as a counselor and consultant, I maintain an in-person private practice working with a broad spectrum of clients in my Northampton, Massachusetts office. I am now excited to work with clients from all over the world who may be looking for a connection with a professional in which location is not a barrier. I earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a minor in Couples Counseling from Kent State University in 2000. I also earned a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from the University of Virginia in 1992. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts (#6442), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (#966).

I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important element of a helpful counseling experience. As such, I am actively engaged with clients and believe strongly in a collaborative and respectful relationship. Your issues, concerns, personal history, and worldview will inform our work together. My professional theoretical orientation is integrative and strength based and I will strive to provide a safe and consistent relationship with you while challenging you to examine how you relate with the world around you.

The ultimate goals of self-awareness and self-acceptance are goals that sometimes take a long time to achieve. Some clients need only a few sessions to achieve these goals, while others may want ongoing support and consultation . As a client, you are in complete control and may end our sessions at any point. If our meetings are successful, you should feel that you are able to face life’s challenges in the future without my ongoing support. With compassion and understanding, I will work with you to help you build on your strengths so that you can feel more like yourself and/or attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Grief
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

Licensing

LMHC #6442 (Expires: 2019-12-31)


Reviews

Written by S.H on Apr 28, 2015 after counseling with Amanda for 3 weeks on issues concerning grief

Dr. Costin has been extremely kind and compassionate during the time I have been working with her. I was unsure about getting help this way instead of face to face but circumstances in my life made this a good option to try. I am glad I did.