Amanda is an American Marriage and Family Therapist. She has her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College Annapolis and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University in California. Amanda sees adolescents, families of adolescents, couples and adults. She specializes in attachment trauma such as abandonment, abuse and infidelity.
Amanda uses a combination approach of Attachment Focused Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. Attachment focused therapy focuses on the basic needs of human beings to be connect with others and be loved. When those needs are met, individuals are able to more easily face the challenges of life. Depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, addiction and anger can often link back to an insecure attachment bond in important relationships. An attachment approach to therapy looks first and foremost at these bonds, finding ways to strengthen the connection and security in relationships. This added security increases resiliency in individuals and gives them the strength needed to encounter challenges without being overwhelmed or turning to unhealthy behaviors.
Narrative Therapy recognizes the power of stories in one’s own life. Everyone has a story they tell about themselves and that story has a monumental impact on the way they live, influencing nearly every aspect of one’s identity. Elements of these stories can be helpful, but they can also cause harm. A narrative approach looks at the multifaceted ways in which one’s personal narrative is shaped, such as personal narratives, family narratives, societal narratives and religious narratives. Once these stories are understood, it is possible to deconstruct that which is harmful and gain the courage to write a new story, which will in turn influence one’s life in a healthy way.