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 I obtained my original licence (LMSW) in 2015 through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health and have since superseded to (LCSW) which allows for independent clinical practice.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 weekdays 9-5. I am able to accommodate some requests for appointment times outside of my posted schedule on some occasions. 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:
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: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #17676 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Reviews

Written by S.Y. on Jun 16, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Amanda is Amazing!
Highly recommend !!!!

Written by M.A. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Amanda is GREAT! I felt soooo comfortable talking to her about my anxiety and things going on in my life. She’s positive and refreshing. Definitely will recommend her! Shes is a beautiful soul

Written by K.A. on May 08, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 7 months 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 and even though I don't message daily, she is always there with a kind response and I will always appreciate it more than she may ever know.

Written by M.E. on May 05, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

She’s amazing.

Written by K.A. on Apr 18, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Amanda has been extremely helpful in my mental health journey. I've gone through some rough situations recently which have triggered trauma responses from things that happened in my childhood. She has guided me to deal with these situations in a more positive way.

Written by A.M. on Apr 05, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Amanda was amazing and helped me accomplish my goals for therapy! She gave me a lot of support and helped me grow the skills and tools I needed.

Written by S.E. on Mar 31, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue

She’s amazing and very helpful in unpacking what I need.

Written by H.A. on Mar 03, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Amanda has been a fantastic counselor. She truly and sincerely listens to everything I have to say and thoughtfully responds. I can tell that she really cares about the progress I make and is always looking for opportunities to explore things that are affecting me. My experience working with Amanda has been life changing thus far and I look forward to future sessions with her.

Written by J.U. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

It's only been a few sessions to start out but I already feel more optimistic for my future self! Amanda is unfailingly supportive, bigs things or small.

Written by Y.A. on Dec 11, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Amanda Garcia has been a great counselor for me.

Written by H.A. on Nov 13, 2020 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

She’s great! She’s already given me tools that have helped immensely even in the short time we’ve been working together so far.

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! :)