Hey there, and welcome!!
My name is Amanda, and I am a clinical psychotherapist with over 15 years of varied experiences. I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU). My specialty areas are ADHD, parent-adolescent relationships, intimate relationships, life transitions, chronic health conditions, depression, anxiety, addiction, LGBTQ+, eating disorders, and self esteem/self concept issues. I am also a certified ADHD specialist and ADHD coach, and I am very passionate about promoting awareness, education, treatment, and understanding of people affected by ADHD (and anything else that affects mental health!!!).
Besides doing the traditional therapist role, I have had the opportunity to do some additional experiences in the field that has broadened my knowledge, skill set, humility, and understanding. I have taught “Introduction to Psychology” and “Family Systems” courses at local universities. This gave me an opportunity to help shape the future practitioners in the field, and also fine tune my own knowledge and skills. I had the opportunity to be a key note speaker at a “Suicide Prevention and Awareness” walk, and then was able to walk alongside and talk with people that had been affected by suicide. I have had the opportunity to do outreach clinics abroad in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. I was part of a team that conducted original research on the effectiveness of strength-based therapy techniques with adolescents in the criminal justice system, gangs, and/or abused drugs. I helped counsel and support people that had been just diagnosed with type-one diabetes in the hospital. In New York City, I counseled teen parents that attended public high school, and also worked as the Brooklyn Borough Supervisor for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) where I was assigned by the court high risk child welfare cases to follow up, and then give the court my clinical recommendation on what was in the best interest of the children involved. I have worked as a therapist on in-patient behavioral health units, and also in-patient drug recovery centers. I have been contracted by the government to assume the position of “Director of Psychological Health” for the entire National Guard in the state of Wisconsin, and oversee all behavioral health services for those soldiers and their family members. All of these experiences have shaped me as a therapist, and prepared me to be in private practice for the last eight years.
My therapeutic approach is warm, compassionate, interactive, and centered around you. I utilize leading psychological modalities in my treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and client-centered therapy. I consider the client/therapist relationship to be the most important thing to establish in counseling. It's a unique working relationship where you can feel free to say absolutely anything and everything with no fear of judgement. I want you to know there is absolutely nothing you can say where I would judge you or think less of you. Your feelings are just that...your feelings. I want you to feel understood, empowered, supported, and validated to be authentically you. It's in creating this safe space for you that healing can begin! I will help you to arrive at insight, give you tools and strategies that will help you move forward, and guide and encourage you towards achieving your goals.
I tell people that it is usually the healthy people that come to therapy. That is because it takes a lot of courage, motivation, and self awareness to change. I would love to be the one to help facilitate you with making those changes, while giving you the support and compassion you deserve to do it!
I look forward to working with you!
Amanda Rue, LCSW, MSW
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Hearing Impaired , HIV / AIDS , Hoarding , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Immigration Issues , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Traumatic Brain Injury , Trichotillomania , Visually Impaired , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #7746-123 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
Amanda has been awesome for my daughter, she knows her stuff and has helped where I can’t. I’m so grateful for her expertise and kindness!
Amanda, surprised me how fast she could seem to get me. I have had much experience with counseling in the past and I was impressed how even in our first session we really worked on tools how to proactively better my work situation immediately.
Amanda has been wonderful so far! She is empathetic, which I really appreciate. I am very comfortable with speaking to her. She has remembered everything I have told her so far, which lets me know she has been actively listening to me every session we've had. Thank you for your compassion, Amanda!
Amanda is great, listens very well. Super insightful.
Starting teen counseling was a huge step out of my comfort zone but Amanda has been absolutely wonderful in making me feel comfortable !
Amanda really listens to you, and helps you understand why you may be feeling a certain way, all the while validating your feelings and expanding on them to get a bigger picture of what’s going on. I’ve felt more confident after every session I’ve had (which has only been a few so far). She’s very helpful and compassionate!