My Approach to Helping
I offer a safe, compassionate space for you to explore obstacles, relationships, emotions, and your internal experience. I emphasize self-compassion and self-awareness as tools on your journey towards self-growth. I can work with you to overcome shame, illness/medical issues, depression, divorce/break-ups, polyamorous/open relationships, addiction, grief, criminal issues, money worries, and other life obstacles. I am also a life coach, empowering my clients to transition careers, change jobs, or start a new business or life direction. I believe healing and growth is not only possible, it can be affordable, accessible and empowering. Amanda received her Master's degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University in 2008. She is currently working on her dissertation to complete her Doctorate of Psychology.
More Info About My Practice
I believe everyone should have access to counseling, no matter their income. I do not accept insurance but I have a sliding scale and will work with your budget to offer the services you need.
My Role as a Therapist
I view my role as your therapist, not as the expert with all the answers, but the one that is trained and experienced with asking the right questions. YOU are the expert of you and therapy is simply a process of assisted self-discovery and growth. I am a companion on your journey to healing and I have some tools and resources to offer that make that journey more efficient and empowering. It is an honor to share this experience with my clients.
As a life coach, I get to help you identify your values, goals and obstacles so that you can build the life you really want. We can sometimes get swept away by life, apathetic or feel stuck in our current circumstances. I can help you find your passion and create a life that feels more aligned with you and your life vision.
When you are picking a therapist, it's kind of like dating. Don't just pick the first one you meet! Given the level of intimacy in a therapeutic relationship, you need to feel a basic level of trust and compatibility in order for the therapy to deepen. I offer a free initial session so that you can get a feel for my style and see if it's a right fit for you.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
While some background information is relevant, I focus on in-the-moment experience. I am trained in Contemplative Psychology which focuses on being present with things as they are and cultivating compassion for our experience. I also utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Focusing and some somatic methods to get in touch with present-moment experience.
I have been working with the Right Use Of Power Institute for several years and I use practices and exercises from their curriculum to help my clients understand and use their power wisely and well. We all have the ability to change, grow and feel empowered. We just need to make the space!
I also offer groups using a curriculum by Brene Brown, an author and shame researcher (she has a great TED talk on vulnerability that I encourage you to check out - or re-watch!). I integrate her powerful theories along with my own doctoral research on shame and power when I work with individual clients.