Amanda G. Melendez, LSW
Amanda (she/they) received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Binghamton University and received her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Amanda has specialized training in Integrated Behavioral Health Care and received a certificate in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents. Through this program, Amanda received training in the use of evidence-based interventions, such as CBT, TF-CBT, and parent management training (PMT). Amanda has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults facing anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral outbursts and mediating family dynamics in school and hospital settings.
One of Amanda’s core clinical specialties is providing CBT based parent coaching and support services. Amanda provides parents with the tools and skills to reinforce their child’s more effective coping behaviors, without all of the power struggles that can come along with attempting to force change on a child who is not yet ready or intrinsically motivated to engage directly in the therapy process.
Amanda’s therapeutic approach emphasizes creating a non-judgmental space where collaboration occurs to meet the clients’ goals and lived experiences. She utilizes multiple interventions to fit each clients goals like: CBT, DBT, ERP, mindfulness, play/art therapy, strengths-based, multicultural, gender/LGBTQ affirming care. In Amanda’s free time, Amanda enjoys arts and crafts projects, cooking, watching video essays and going to concerts across the city.