Hi, I’m Amanda.

Therapist, wife, pianist, and theater lover.

I believe that the stories we tell about ourselves are important. How you explain yourself, your situation, and your experiences to me in therapy tells me a lot about your experience in it, and that is essential.

We all handle stress, loss, and joy in different ways, and our responses to life’s curve balls make us who we are.

I want to hear your story.

I am passionate about people. My fascination with what makes people tick, how we defend ourselves when we feel exposed, and how we handle conflict led me to the field of psychology and, ultimately, counseling. The answers to these questions help us make sense of our lives, and that is what I would like to help you do.

My passion is helping  people who are struggling in relationships. I help people who long for relational intimacy but feel stuck in an endless cycle of hurts and disappointments. I come alongside you so that you can have new, successful emotional experiences within relationships.

We all long to be loved and to belong, but it can be hard to ask for the things we need. Let’s work together to help you find your voice and experience the love you deserve.

You are not beyond help. There is hope for you. I believe that strong, healthy relationships will change the world. That is why I started Heart of the Matter.

About Me

I began college as a music theatre major with dreams of making it big on Broadway. Though my passion for live theatre and musicals persists, I quickly realized that pursuing theatre as a career was not a realistic option for me.

I knew I wanted to help people, but I did not know how. I have always been interested in the “why” behind human behavior, so I decided to pursue a degree in psychology.

Upon completing my bachelor’s degree, I obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University and now consider it an honor to help people in the Auburn/Opelika community rebuild relationships, navigate transitions, and work toward overall wellness in their lives.

My journey of becoming a therapist has been marked by many of the same experiences that bring people in to see me: fear, anxiety, and self-doubt. As a therapist, I am not immune to the human experiences that cause many of us distress, but through my own personal work, I have also developed resilience, grit, self-worth, and more effective coping skills.

My life experiences have given me a greater understanding of what you may be going through when you walk through my door. No two experiences are the same, but we are not alone in feeling pain, fear, or joy. I take comfort in that.

Qualifications

B.A. Psychology | Auburn University

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Regent University

National Certified Counselor | National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Licensed Professional Counselor (License No. 4082) | Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC)

Advanced Trainings in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Therapist

How To Reach Me

I am so glad we were able to connect! Please feel free to reach out to me through my Contact page, via email at heartofthematter@protonmail.com, or by phone at (256) 645-8623.

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