A compassionate, well-grounded, respectful, client-centered treatment approach is the foundation of Amanda’s clinical practice with clients. She understands that making a change takes courage, and believes everyone deserves respect for reaching out for assistance. Tailoring her approach to each client, Amanda offers a safe, affirming space to explore complicated feelings at a pace that feels comfortable for each individual. Every session is collaborative and aimed at helping clients gain the insights they need to make the changes they want. Amanda incorporates a strengths-based approach in her work by helping clients recognize and build upon patterns of coping that have worked in the past.
Amanda has been involved in the cancer support community for nearly a decade. She is pleased to bring her knowledge of cancer-related resources and emotional support to The Kraft Group. Amanda earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, she worked in a clinic for the medically underserved, collaborating with physicians and psychiatrists to provide a wide range of behavioral health services to children, families, and adults. Later, she worked with opioid-dependent individuals in recovery. She has provided counseling services at an LGBTQ-focused agency and psychoeducation services for youth in foster care. She has had experience with: depression, anxiety, trauma, cancer/medical challenges (such as cancer), grief, substance abuse, women’s issues, LGBTQ issues and individuals living in under-resourced communities.