Amanda Swartzlender

(LMHC)

About Me

Hello and congratulations on beginning this new journey in your life! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including a crisis center, substance abuse treatment facility and private practice.

I empower my clients to navigate life's challenges with inspiration. I focus on encouraging you to see the obstacles in life as opportunities to grow. Maybe you're struggling with a change or loss, difficult emotions, or lacking direction and inspiration for life? Throughout this process you will gain new insight as you move in the direction of the life you desire. My compassionate, intuitive, down-to-Earth therapeutic approach will guide you toward developing goals, creating solutions and experiencing positive changes in your life. I also work with families struggling with the turmoil of adolescence, separation, divorce and other issues and crises.

Therapy is tailored to the needs of the client. I believe that each of has has within ourselves the capacity to discover our own true happiness. Your experience will be based on your own goals and expectations. I typically embrace a mind-body-spirit approach to counseling, where we will explore all aspects of your life to foster a true state of overall wellness. I will introduce you to Cognitive-Behavioral therapy to help you begin to recognize thought patterns and behaviors that may be preventing you from living your best life. We may also explore mindfulness strategies, practical tools for accepting that which we cannot change, embracing the positive and creating a sense of well-being.

I see my role as a supportive, non-judgmental listener as well as an experienced clinician that can offer effective therapeutic techniques. If my style sounds like a good fit for you, then I look forward to our work together.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH12109 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by T.A. on Feb 06, 2019 after counseling with Amanda for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and bipolar disorder

Amanda is kind, high-energy, and radiates positivity. She has helped me turn my life around and continues to support me and uplift me. Wonderful person!

Written by M.R. on Jan 27, 2019 after counseling with Amanda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

When I joined BetterHelp, I was in a dark place. It was hard to get out of my head and things only became worse. Amanda helped calm me down week after week. The best thing that I have from her is no judgement. For everything I have shared. She gave me a safe space. For a person suffering from severe depression, Amanda has been very patient.

Written by K.I. on Sep 07, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Amanda was very helpful and offered a lot of knowledge that I was able to transfer into my day to day life, and recognize negative patterns of behavior.

Written by M.A. on Aug 21, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 7 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I can't say enough great things about my experience with Amanda! She is a very kind, compassionate, non-judgmental, and understanding therapist. We have been working together for about six months now and from the very beginning I felt like I could tell her anything and she would not judge me. She effectively uses cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to help you conquer your thoughts and also puts you into action to change your behavior. She meets me at the level I am at right now but also pushes me to create positive changes in my life. She believes in her clients and supports them to the fullest. After every session, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can breathe a little easier. I highly recommend her!

Written by A.M. on Jul 01, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, and career

So far in the short time I have been working with Amanda she has been helping me work through and see some things and advise and suggest things for us to do.

Written by M.A. on May 23, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 4 months on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

When I first spoke with Amanda I was feeling quite insecure about it. I wasn't sure if it was going to work and I was afraid to find someone that would Just share her points of view and try to convince me about it. Now, after five months with her, I can see how wrong I was. She has been a great support for me, and most importantly, a great tool to reconnect with myself. She guided me though key questions and lots of listenings, she allowed me to open up, even to myself, and gave me the tools and exercises to experiment on my own and try to get to know my own mind better. Creating a safe place and time for me.

I feel like I have been guiding my own path, with the certainty that there was someone behind me, holding my back. Knowing that there was someone who actually knew about it and would tell me if I was ever going in a dangerous path gave me a great relief.

When I first joined, I had my head filled with thoughts, struggles... I was getting carried away by routines, stress, self-doubts... And now, whenever this happens, I don't even need anyone to help me feel better. Just by doing the exercices that we have practiced, sometimes together sometimes on my own, now I can take myself to a better place, calm my own mind and find peace.

Thank you Amanda. I feel safe on my own now. :)

Written by J.O. on Apr 01, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger

Amanda is awesome! First time doing therapy and I couldn’t be happier with her. A+ 10/10

Written by K.A. on Feb 02, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

I think Amanda was an excellent match for me as we share a lot of the same lifestyle values. I had a negative experience in the past with a therapist (not through Better Help) who would just dig into my past with so many questions but not offer any concrete plan of action on how to could move towards feeling better in the future. With Amanda I feel like there is a clear goal and path to get there. She is kind, understanding and fun to talk to. I am very happy I found her.

Written by D.A. on Jan 28, 2018 after counseling with Amanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Amanda has really been helping to make sure I know I'm in a safe place and encouraging me in a lot of ways other counselors I've seen haven't. I feel like she understands exactly what I'm saying and can connect with and help me work out issues while making sure I'm happy with how everything is going