Dr. Amanda Mead
Some clients come to therapy with an urgent issue, such as a stressful transition, a loss, an unpredicted trauma, or sudden symptoms of depression or anxiety. Others come seeking better understanding of their emotions, relationships and/or experiences, or to change harmful behavior patterns. Psychotherapy can help you address challenges like these, and learn insight, self-awareness, coping and self-soothing techniques. As Michael White, creator of Narrative Therapy once said, “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” This philosophy drives my approach to psychotherapy, as I believe you have, within your “self,” the power to change your life story, and it is just the ways in which we think and behave that can be problematic. Given this belief, I bring optimism, hope, perseverance, and compassion to my clinical work and will walk alongside you in your journey, guiding you toward developing greater insight, self awareness, and growth.
I’ve worked in a variety of clinical placements, most recently at La Frontera Center & Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium at the University of Arizona, where I provided individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. At Pastoral Counseling Services, in Manchester, NH, I provided psychotherapy and assessment services to many clients struggling with mood disorders, identity development, trauma, poverty, and marital distress. And, at the Lowell Veterans Center, in Lowell, MA, I provided psychological therapy to veterans suffering readjustment challenges, grief and trauma issues, relationship and family challenges, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many of my clients have been from underserved populations, and many have struggled with exposure to significant stressors or traumatic experiences. Trauma treatment has been a major focus in my clinical experience.
My approach to psychotherapy is relationship-based, attachment focused, and compassionate. Research shows the most powerful aspect of the healing process is the relationship that develops between you and your therapist. My goal is for us to address your challenges through open and trusting dialogue. My therapy is humanistic and integrative, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In collaboration with my colleagues at Comprehensive Counseling Connections, my goal is to work patiently with you to help you identify and develop your strengths, and become empowered to live your most positive, healthy, productive life.