Meet Amanda! This woman is a rockstar. She has over 5 years of experience in the field of trauma, substance use, and mental health. She is very passionate about the work she does with parents (Moms AND Dads!) who are suffering from postpartum mood disorders. Amanda is specially trained to provide treatment for mamas and families who are being impacted by pregnancy-related concerns and for postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, as well as treatment for birth trauma. Basically, anything related to post-baby adjustment. Based on experience, no situation is too much for her.
Amanda knows that therapy can be tough… Tough to start and tough to work through. She knows that it’s important to laugh along the way. She will put you at ease in the first few minutes.
Amanda is trained in EMDR (holy tons of training, Batman!), which is an amazing therapy technique designed to help survivors of trauma and abuse. Not only is EMDR one of the most recommended trauma treatments, but it is also highly useful for anyone struggling with postpartum concerns and lots of negative thinking patterns! Amanda also uses lots of other approaches with clients – and specifically tailors her work to each individual client.
Amanda was born in Kansas (Army brat over here) and was raised in Muskegon, MI. She attended Grand Valley State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work before attending Michigan State University (Go Green!) for her Masters in Social Work.
When not working to save the world (which is why she chose to pursue social work), Amanda can be found teaching the wonderful world of social work at Grand Valley State University and also volunteering as a postpartum therapist at Spectrum Health’s Postpartum Support Group. Yeah, we know – she’s kind of amazing.
She also loves spending time with her husband and daughter with their 2 dogs, can be found hanging out with friends, enjoying the outdoors, going on long drives, or sometimes, just enjoying the many beautiful Michigan areas with a warm cup of coffee in a good coffee shop. Amanda also loves to explore new restaurants around Grand Rapids, because, ya know, food!