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AMANDA THOMPSON

If you are looking for a supportive, empowering, trauma-informed space to work towards better understanding yourself, your patterns, and relationships in life, then I would be a fit for you. I have a passion for working with those individuals yearning to work through present challenges that they may face, such as anxiety, perfectionism, challenges with intimacy and attachment styles, self-concept, and helping someone gradually learn how to weave together the fabric of the past, in order to find a path forward that feels healing and aligned with self. I truly do believe that sometimes half the battle is understanding where we have already been in our lives, and yet that is not always an easy path to walk alone. Through finding a good therapist-client relationship fit, I believe that we can work through that deeper understanding of past experiences that have been meaningful and impactful for you. I would love to help you understand that bridge between past and present, while being aware of the mind-body connection in the process. Ultimately, I want to help you discover what your story is from a client-centered, empowerment based approach, and learn how to rewrite it in a way that works best for you to move forward.

I have been working in mental health care since I began studying Psychology and Sociology in college, and focusing on internship placements and immersive experiences at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While I loved being near the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, I knew that I wanted to move back closer to my roots in Northern Virginia. I chose to pursue a clinically focused social work program in order to pursue my professional passions and interests. So, I went on to pursue my Master’s in Clinical Social Work at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

 

I have experience working with a variety of traumatic experiences in a diverse set of age groups and backgrounds of clients, ranging from adolescence to middle and later adulthood. After being heavily trained in working with survivors of sexual violence, I have focused on applying Trauma Focused CBT, attachment theory, somatic experiencing, and polyvagal theory techniques to my work with clients. I have a soft spot in my heart for the mind-body connection, and incorporating affirmations, meditation, breathwork, and movement into a client’s healing journey with me if appropriate for the therapeutic journey. I will soon be able to offer Yoga in addition to or separate from therapy, after receiving my 200 hour yoga teacher training this October 2022 in Costa Rica.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy staying active through yoga, of course, as well as hiking, HIIT training, and pilates. I adore live music, traveling, and stumbling on new restaurants and coffee places in the DMV area. Anything involving a way to enjoy a good breeze and weather day outside keeps me grounded too!

 

I have specialized training in:

  • Attachment based therapies 

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Polyvagal and Somatic focused therapies

  • Trauma Informed Yoga and Movement-based therapies

  • Client centered therapies

  • Mindfulness & Expressive arts 

  • Yoga 

 

Professional Associations:

  • Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCW)

  • Yoga alliance