Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems
She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2013, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville University in 2021. Amanda completed her practicum internship experience at the Jacksonville University Student Counseling Center where she provided individual therapy, telehealth, workshops, outreach projects, and sports psychology services for JU students. Daily, she seeks to integrate her training in both physiology + psychology to help others understand and appreciate their humanness as an interconnected system. In her free time, Amanda enjoys frequent trips to the beach, running, swimming, strength training, cooking, reading, journaling, and visiting family. She and her husband love to stay active and travel to explore new places together. Their favorite travel spots include Colorado and Arizona–they got engaged in the Grand Canyon!
Amanda is a Jacksonville native who endorses integrative wellness, holistic health, functional fitness, intuitive living, and combating mental health stigma. Amanda’s counseling philosophy is rooted in the wellness model which sees each person as uniquely capable of healing. Her integrative person-centered style utilizes therapeutic concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Amanda counsels from a trauma-informed lens while aiming to help clients increase their self-awareness, self-compassion, and safety within their own skin.
Before pursuing a career in mental health, Amanda worked in the fitness and wellness industries as a personal trainer and health coach where she discovered the importance of the mind-body connection. This awareness served as the foundation for her continuing holistic outlook ambitions. Along with previous experience in Run Specialty Retail, she has been coaching high school cross-country for the last 8 years and enjoys helping young athletes of all levels discover their potential while progressing in self-development both inside and outside of their sport. Amanda is actively involved in eating disorder awareness and recovery advocacy and has contributed to both speaking and writing engagements within the eating disorder sector. Research interests include trauma-informed care and exercise/movement integration in the eating disorder recovery model. Her personal victory in eating disorder recovery served as the primary motivating factor for her mental health profession.