Amanda grew up in East Texas and studied at Kilgore College, where she was a baton twirler. Her bachelor’s degree is in criminal justice from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana (2001). After several years as a paralegal, Amanda decided to become a math teacher and quickly learned that forming positive relationships with students was important to her. Talks with her high school students inspired Amanda to pursue her master’s degree in school counseling from Texas A & M University at Commerce, where she graduated in 2013.
In her 12 years in education, Amanda learned that kids today are dealing with a much larger set of problems than she did at their age. Being introverted, Amanda understood how it was difficult for some students to open up to adults, so she showed them empathy and unconditional positive regard. While counseling students for six years, Amanda handled a variety of issues such as peer conflict, trauma, neglect, abuse, deportation/imprisonment of parents, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and self-esteem issues. Suicidal ideation was prevalent and pushed Amanda to attend numerous training seminars on this and other crisis situations. She became a School Suicide Prevention Specialist from the American Association of Suicidology in 2018.
While working in schools, Amanda found that being around students with special needs fed her soul as she thoroughly enjoyed working with them. She also counseled teachers and co-workers along with parents that needed assistance with supporting and talking to their children. Amanda’s ability to remain calm in crisis situations turned out to help others remain calm.
Since 2018, Amanda has been conducting mobile risk assessments at hospitals in the area. This has provided her with more experience with adults and those with dual diagnoses.
Amanda has a heart for serving and has found that counseling can be fun and doesn’t always have to be serious. At Lifeologie Counseling Hill, she hopes to create a space where all clients feel respected, comfortable, safe, and heard in her presence. She is comfortable working with diverse populations of clients and tends to approach counseling with honesty and at times, a sense of humor. She believes the greatest lessons in life have come from failure.
“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill
You can find Amanda at our Cedar Hill Counseling location.