Amanda Shields, LMSW, LMAC

Amanda Shields, LMSW, LMAC

Professions: Clinical Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMSW - 9957
Secondary Credential: LMAC - 206
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 35062

I am a Veteran of the Armed Forces and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC). I earned my Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Kansas State University and Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. My graduate degree was focused on clinical mental health with a sub-concentration in Military Servicemembers, veterans, and our families.

I strongly believe that people change everyday and this best happens from a teamwork approach between you and I. I incorporate a strength-based approach; meaning, I am not simply asking, 'What is wrong with you?' I focus on 'What is right with you?'

I enjoy working with early teens up to late adulthood; to include individual sessions, family therapy, and group therapy. I specialize in various forms of trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictions, obsessive compulsive behaviors and thoughts, adjustment to life changes, and health and wellness. If your concern is not listed here, please do not worry. Just give me a call and we will get you to where you want to be in life.

I use a combination of several therapeutic techniques to ensure you are provided the individualized care you deserve. A few of my therapy approaches are as follows:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Experiential and Art Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Military Culture Focused Therapy; to include active duty Servicemembers, veterans, and our families.

Email or Call Amanda Shields, LMSW, LMAC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 35062

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Everyday, people just like you, give me the honor of being a part of your life; in the most joyous of moments, the most trying, and all that is in between. We get to work side-by-side to discover what you want to change, how to achieve your goals, and then celebrate your successes. To me, sharing those journeys and experiences with you is what makes me happy to go into the office. Even when I have worked long hours and feel exhausted, I can look back on the day and feel that at some point, I helped someone feel valued, important, and capable. To me, that is all I need to stay passionate about my decision of entering the mental health field.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Congratulations! You have already taken the first step to makes the changes you want to see. Now, this next one can be quite difficult. Making the call to schedule your first appointment. You may have several thoughts racing through you mind; Am I really ready for this, Do I have the time, What if I try and I don't make any progress? It's okay to worry about those questions. You have found my profile for a reason, so don't stop now. Try asking yourself these questions instead; What good will come from therapy and If I wasn't afraid what would I do?

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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