My name is Amanda Kazee and I am a practicing clinical social worker and addiction specialist. I live in Wilmington, NC and I have been practicing some form of therapy since 2011. My first job was in an outpatient clinic that catered to substance use disorders and I fell in live with the career and the people almost immediately. My purpose is personal, as I come from a family with addiction and untreated mental health and I became fascinated with the why and the who and the how to make it better. I attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke for my Bachelor's and Masters in Social Work and practiced in Pinehurst, NC until I made my way back to my hometown of Wilmington in 2016. I have been at a community mental health agency for six years. I have a special interest in anxiety, domestic violence related trauma, finding self-love and confidence, addiction, and stress management. My therapy style is warm and interactive with a focus on giving clients the space they need to find their own strengths. I like clients to feel comfortable and open both with me and within the therapeutic process, as I feel that is when the best work can be done.
My most utilized approach is meshing a strengths based perspective with cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and dialectical-behavioral therapy. These will be catered to specific needs and treatment planning.
It takes a lot of courage to seek a more functional and fulfilling life. If you are ready and willing, I am here to support you and help you navigate towards a more empowering life.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Fertility Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
NC LCSW C013772
Amanda is very good at what she does and listens and gives positive advice and ways to work on mine and my wife’s issues
Written on Aug 31, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management
New to this but am still giving it a try and Amanda is very easy going
Written on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Amanda is thoughtful and helpful. She is well versed in the topics needed for my therapy and has been able to provide much needed assistance as I work through challenges in my life.
Written on Mar 10, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Excellent listener, great recommendations.
Written on Feb 20, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Amanda Kazee was very helpful with the situation I was going through. She was empathic and offered some different perspectives of the situation in a kind and gentle way and without dismissing my own experience. She offered practical solutions that helped my anxiety and helped gain self confidence that I could handle the situation at hand. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Written on Jan 18, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I love how she can relate to me and she has helped me more than she know and appreciate our session everytime
Written on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with Amanda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem