You have taken a courageous first step toward wellness. Thank you for reaching out!
From this moment on, you are not alone.
Please note: I provide therapy via live chat, phone, and video/tele. I check my messages on the platform and respond within 24 hours.
When first asked what population I most enjoyed working with, my response was, "EVERY population"! I have lived in many places and worked with a diverse group of individuals since 2002. Each person has enriched my life and broadened my view of the human experience.
I practice EMDR, as it is an evidence-based treatment that I've witnessed helping many trauma survivors.
Life has its challenges and how have we coped with it all? Since infancy, we ask for help in one way or another. I wager to say that seeking a human connection is innate. That is the essence of therapy. I firmly believe we all need each other. We are all in this together.
Therapy is rooted in having a comfortable, positive relationship. You and I will be partners. I promise to be that warm person who listens and never judges you. Our sessions are a safe place, always!
Some personal things...
I grew up in mid-Michigan, from birth to age 20. I lived in San Francisco during my early twenties. I spent many years in Phoenix and also on the Gulf side of Florida (Seminole). Now I am in the Old West, Wyoming!! II have lived here for over 10 years. I love being in touch with nature and have loved every place I have lived. I am newly remarried and have two amazingly perfect children, both diagnosed with autism; ages 14 and 15. Part our of family is an 80-pound rescue dog named Grizzy Bear, an English Mastiff called Zeus, and an elderly cat from the shelter named Barry Catalow. ❤
Now for more education and experience-based information...
I am a University of Michigan graduate; Psychology 1999. I earned my Masters in Clinical Social Work degree from the University of South Dakota; 2018.
I have provided counseling services since 2002. My experience started with working in a residential program for females, ages 10-65, who suffered from eating disorders. From there, I moved on to provide crisis services and suicide prevention for 7 years. I have designed behavior plans for children and teens with troublesome behaviors and worked hands on with the families and group home staff. I provided crisis services to those whom were sexually assaulted or victims of other violent crimes. I have facilitated group therapy, individual therapy, couples therapy, and done cognitive testing. I have worked with toddlers, the elderly, and all ages in between. I worked with active duty military individuals and Veterans for 9 years. Thank you for your service, brave ones.
I have over 3 years of experience working in an acute psychiatric hospital. I am experienced in working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, PTSD, and psychotic/delusional disorders. Though, I think diagnosis can be important, and even life-saving, in my role, I am more concerned about treating your symptoms and overall happiness than diagnosis.
My style is adapting to what my client needs. Among my styles are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, DBT principles, and good old-fashioned compassionate listening.
Other things to know:
Please please please give me 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel or reschedule. I tend to keep a very busy schedule and I can use the hour to slide someone else in if I have some notice. Thank you!!!
Let's get you feeling better!! I look forward to being a part of your journey!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WY LCSW LCSW-1283
MT LCSW BBH-LCSW-LIC-60036
Amanda is caring, kind and super smart. She has lots of different experiences in mental health treatment and uses them to connect with patients. She is a superstar!
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Amanda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Amanda is just amazing :)
Written on Dec 09, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Amanda is a great listener and easy to work with and connect . She also has a treasure trove of helpful practical advise that gave me lots of motivation for solving my problems.
Written on Nov 16, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
She is a really great listener and she willing to switch tactics if one is not working. She's also very nice and cool!
Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She is incredible!
Written on Aug 12, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Amanda is absolutely amazing, she’s so knowledgeable, and kind and supportive. She’s honestly everything I’ve been looking for in a therapist. I can’t wait to stay on this therapy train with her.
Written on Jul 06, 2022 after therapy with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and anger management