Hello I'm Amanda and I am very excited about this opportunity to connect with you through Better Help. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of work experience in the field of mental health and social services. I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Development with an emphasis in Applied Developmental Psychology and a Minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. I later received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University Long Beach and obtained my LCSW in 2005. I have worked primarily in Los Angeles County provided treatment to individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, substance use disorders, and severe, persistent mental illnesses. I am very passionate about my work and feel it is essential that clients feel accepted and supported during the therapeutic process. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Problem Solving Treatment and Mindfulness Therapy and have a great deal of experiencing doing crisis intervention, risk assessment, and empowering others to develop and enhance their coping strategies.
I know how difficult it can be for people to seek mental health treatment but believe this is the beginning of the healing process and the first step toward self improvement.
I am truly looking forward to working with you and supporting you through this journey.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
CA LCSW 22688
She's a great therapist. She's not super serious so I feel a lot more laid back talking with her about what's been going on.
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Amanda for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Working with Amanda is great! She listens attentively and always provides thoughtful discussion and feedback. I like how she sends messages throughout the week to check in and also offer practical advice for things such as journaling.
Written on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Amanda is a phenomenal therapist. She’s a great listener, helps challenge your thoughts and helps you recognize patterns in your thoughts, and she constantly shares resources that could be beneficial for you to look into (books, podcasts, courses, apps). I came to Amanda during a tough transition that was exacerbated by the pandemic, and with her support, I feel confident and prepared to live my life fully.
Written on Apr 25, 2021 after therapy with Amanda for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue
Amanda has been very helpful during a strange moment in my life. I have very little experience in therapy and I was nervous about the whole thing. I'm glad I wound up with Amanda. She is insightful, empathetic, and pleasant to process things with. Highly recommended.
Written on Dec 14, 2020 after therapy with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue
Among her great qualities, I most appreciate that Amanda is a great listener and very relatable. This makes her easy to talk to which facilitates healing and progress.
Written on Sep 30, 2020 after therapy with Amanda for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
I appreciate Amanda taking the time to educate herself on new techniques and therapies, as well as finding new techniques to send me based on what I express a current need for, week-by-week. I think a sign of a good counselor is someone who keeps learning and stays up-to-date with what their clients are interested in.
Written on Aug 08, 2020 after therapy with Amanda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd