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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL
B.A. in Secondary Education & Social Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Locations: Virtual Illinois, In-Office Chicago
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Clinical Residency: June 2021 – May 2022
Whether they come from our mothers, our friends, from society, or TV shows, words affect us and shape our view of ourselves and of the world. Words can tear us down and build us up. They can be harsh, critical, loving, or surprising. But through it all, the power of words in our lives are a signal to us a deep truth about what it means to be human. Words matter because we are not islands alone, but a collective meaning makers. We are complex and unique individuals who find comfort and meaning in connected relationships with others. Our sense of self and our hope in life stems from the words we hear and from the people that mean the most to us.
You may have experienced betrayal in a close relationship, and that betrayal may not only make it harder to trust others, but it may even lead you to question yourself. What was it about me that made them do that? Or you may have absorbed the messaging all your life that something about you, how you look or who you are, makes you “less than”.
Those critical thoughts take their toll on your body, your mind, and your spirit and can leave you feeling hopeless, powerless, and alone.
In therapy sessions, we will work together to better understand the many factors that have led to those painful thoughts and feelings. From there, we will look at your health holistically and envision together what emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health looks like for you. Together, we will walk that road from struggle towards health and set you up with better coping skills for the future. Our therapeutic relationship centers around your experience, so in collaboration we can face whatever struggle you have gotten used to carrying on your own.
A big part of why I became a counselor was because of my experience teaching in a cross-cultural setting. As an enthusiastic and idealistic young woman, the dose of reality that met me in my classroom rocked me to my core. Everything I thought I could count on about my strengths, about how the world works, about opportunity and educational equity, was pulled out from under me. I was left questioning my own abilities and doubting that things could ever be better. Yet, looking back, I see the ways that the relationships I had with my students and my colleagues were a lifeline for me. Our community built on non-violence principles and peace-making demonstrated to me the immense power that words wield, and that the right words in a trusting relationship can empower us to bring our best selves into the world.
This experience led me back to school where I am studying to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and pursuing training in trauma work. I continue to have a heart for those dealing with trauma as well as for those experiencing the effects of systemic injustice and discrimination. Whatever your gender, race, sexual orientation, or age, you matter, and you deserve a seat at the table. In my spare time I enjoy making ceramics, playing my instruments, and soaking up nature. I am active in my church, and I love to travel, especially when I get to see loved ones in the process.
It can feel intimidating to reach out when you are struggling. Please know, I would be honored to hear from you and to join you. Contact me today to get the support you’ve been looking for.
“Being counseled by Amanda is synonymous with being seen, heard, and cared for. I always feel a sense of relief and peace following our sessions.”
“Amanda is very easy to talk to and connect with.”
“Amanda is an inviting person who’s curiosity made me feel like she was invested in who I am as a person.”
“You can tell Amanda cares about who you are. She is both empathetic and genuine.”
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