Meet Amanda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
When you are faced with challenges in your life, you often struggle to believe in your abilities to handle difficult situations. Sometimes, these challenges can make you feel out of control. You may feel as though your life is constantly in turmoil or as though you are caught in a tornado that you cannot seem to slow down.
Feeling out of control is scary and can lead to unhealthy ways of coping, including using substances, eating too much or too little, engaging in risky behaviors and negative self talk.
My goal is to help you calm the chaos and learn how to handle these challenges without resorting to unhealthy ways of coping.
- Addiction:Excessive use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Unhealthy Relationships with Food: Overeating or binge eating, restricting calories (anorexia), or using methods to get rid of the food/calories such as purging, over exercising, taking laxatives, etc.
- Low-Self Esteem & Negative Body Image:Believing you are not good enough, not worthy enough, not successful enough, or dissatisfied with your overall physical appearance.
- Trauma: Past or present abuse, PTSD, grief and loss, unhealthy relationships, traumatic accidents, etc.
I also have a passion for helping people work through grief and loss, anger management, life transitions, phobias, difficult medical diagnoses, depression, and anxiety.
During my sessions, I use a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy I use often to help my clients understand the thoughts and feelings that lead to specific behaviors. You begin to change the way you react to situations if you first start to change the way you think and feel about situations.
For example, if a client is struggling with a fear of flying, then CBT helps to identify the negative thoughts leading to the fear and helps you replace the thoughts with healthier, more positive views of flying. CBT can be very successful in reducing worry, fear, anxiety, and negative thoughts that are overwhelming in your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a technique used to help your brain and body deal with traumatic experiences in a healthier way. When you experience something disturbing or painful, your brain gets blocked and is unable to fully process the event.
EMDR uses eye movements to help remove any of the negative thoughts or feelings you may be holding on to from traumatic experiences, and allows your brain to store those memories in a way that is no longer as disturbing or painful. EMDR is an incredibly successful technique that can help reduce or even eliminate recurring pain and memories from past traumatic events.
Mindfulness is a technique that involves focusing on and being more aware of what you are sensing or feeling at any given time. Mindfulness is an effective method to deal with stress, anxiety, depression and addictions.
The practice of mindfulness can involve meditation, breathing, observing your thoughts, listening to music, walking, and journaling. Mindful eating is also a mindfulness based technique that is used to help with unhealthy relationships with food and body image.
Mindfulness technique help you to be more content with what is going on in the present rather than worrying about the things happening in the past or future.
Education & Experience
I received my Masters Degree and Specialists Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education from the Florida State University. I am now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have been practicing for 7 years.
Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working in a wide variety of settings including middle and high schools, inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse treatment programs and intensive outpatient programs. Because of these diverse experiences, I have gained extensive knowledge in the areas of mental health, trauma, substance abuse and eating disorders. I am trained in EMDR therapy and I am currently working towards becoming a certified EMDR therapist.
Get to Know Amanda
I was born and raised here in the Orlando area and love being a native Floridian. As a teenager and young adult, I struggled with anxiety, fear, and body image issues. I found a great amount of relief through my own journey with therapy and EMDR and eventually was lead to help others who are struggling with many of these same issues.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband as well as my wonderful family. I love to travel and have found that immersing myself in different cultures has been a vital part of my growth as a therapist. I love animals, the beach, baking, and spending time with friends.
I currently facilitate the monthly Anger Management workshop here at Life Counseling Solutions. During this workshop, I use interactive approaches to help you better understand anger, where it comes from, why it is a necessary emotion and how you can better control it.
Anger is a secondary emotion that we experience because we are feeling hurt, betrayed, embarrassed, overwhelmed or trapped. It is important to recognize the emotions underneath, so you can better understand how to deal with anger when it arises.
If you would like more information about this workshop, visit our Orlando Anger Management for a list of upcoming workshop dates.
Schedule with an appointment with me at 407-622-1770 or book online here for your first appointment.
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- How To Recover From An Affair And Move On With Your Life
- 4 Brutal Reasons It’s So Hard To Let Go Of Someone You Love, Even If They’re Toxic
- 5 Ways To Break The Cycle Of Codependency In Your Relationship & Be More Independent