Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT). She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a dual Master of Arts Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Amanda also has a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Amanda believes in holistic healing using a dynamic and creative approach to psychotherapy to help her clients live present and authentically. How you see is what you see. She believes every human is capable of change and the most effective way to start the process is to work together through Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance, and Love (COAL); collaborating to identify therapeutic treatment goals and to walk together in the treatment journey. Amanda uses an eclectic approach to therapy incorporating multiple therapeutic techniques including TF-CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and body based interventions.
Prior to joining The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, Amanda served as a Case Manager and Dance/Movement Therapist at Hyland Behavioral Health, on the inpatient psychiatric units, where she worked with adolescents and adults. She specializes in treating survivors of trauma, addictions, chronic mental illness, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. Amanda also has extensive experience with crisis intervention and suicidal ideation after answering the Crisis Line for Mental Health America.
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of an individual. When words fail us, our bodies hold the key to alternative ways of learning, adapting, and healing. We create shifts; a shift in the body can create a shift in the mind which ultimately affects our behaviors and relationships, leading to a more present and authentic life. DMT has proven beneficial for trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, athletic performance, and chronic mental illness.
Amanda is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, and UMR. She also offers a sliding scale to those who qualify.