Amanda Garcia

(LCSW)

About Me

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to determine if we may be a good therapeutic match. I will share some background information so you can get to know me better. I am originally from the Midwest however I have called Arizona home for nearly 15 years. I have ten years of experience in my field and have worked in a variety of settings. I obtained my original licence (LMSW) in 2015 through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health and have since superseded to (LCSW) which allows for independent clinical practice. I earned my bachelors degree in 2011 and my masters degree from ASU in 2012 through the Advanced Standing Program. I am experienced in working with individuals who have undergone various traumas such as domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, grief/loss, extreme poverty, as well as those who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, and many other concerns.

I have always had a passion for helping others who are suffering for any reason. I have been described as down to earth, easy to connect with, empathetic, and goal oriented. My counseling style is authentic, strengths based, and nonjudgmental. I tend to take a holistic approach and believe mental health is just as important as physical health. Every single person goes through difficult times. We were not put on this earth to go through difficult times alone. I believe everyone has a purpose and is entitled to respect, dignity, and compassion. I am experienced in a wide range of therapeutic techniques and tend to individualize treatment based on specific needs. Since we all have unique needs and situations, I do not have a cookie cutter approach to treatment. I will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that meet your needs.

You have already taken an important step in researching options to heal and/or cope with what you are going through. If you live in Arizona and are ready to get the ball rolling I am here to support and empower you. You do not have to go through it on your own. Seeking help when you need it is one of the most courageous things a person can do.

I am typically available weekday evenings and all day weekends. I am able to accommodate some requests for appointment times outside of my posted schedule. In order to provide quality care in accordance with the licensing board and my professions code of ethics I will ask for your identifying information before providing treatment. (Betterhelp is international and does not share your information with counselors-and every state has different requirements). This remains in HIPAA compliance and I will not contact you outside of better help unless an emergency requires me to do so. This is for safety and documentation guidelines. You can review my licensing information on the AZ board of behavioral health website: www.azbbhe.us

Please reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you!

Always call 911 in an emergency. You can call the 24/7 crisis line at 602-222-9444 for urgent mental health needs that do not require 911.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Avoidant Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #17676 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Oct 20, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Amanda is an amazing counselor. Even though she's only been my counselor for a month or so, I feel like I can trust her. She's very kind, even when I'm forgetful and I would 100% recommend her to others.

Written by S.U. on Oct 05, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I highly recommended Amanda, English isn't my first language and she find words that would to help me when I don't know the English word and she understand the culture also I come from, help me finding my place in the society. We went thu différentes topic that I am struggling and give me the tool I need every time. Our difference of age doesn't matter, I think I am way older that Amanda :-) She is good at her job!

Written by S.Y. on Sep 17, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Amanda is very knowledgable and helpful in our sessions. She really listens when I talk and always gives thoughtful feedback and responses. I would absolutely recommend her!

Written by C.L. on Sep 16, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I’ve already recommended BetterHelp now to all of my family and friends. Quite a few are choosing to sign up. I can’t say enough good things about Amanda and how caring and helpful she is. She is very knowledgeable in her field and knows the exact things to say in the best way possible. I’ve never had such a great experience with counseling. She truly listens to me and I don’t feel like “just another patient.”

Written by C.A. on Aug 23, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Amanda really cares! She takes a lot of pride in me and I can tell she is going to work with me to make me learn how to cope better and become a better person! :)