Amanda Mitchell, LCPC, BC-DMT
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/ Movement Therapist. I established this practice to create an environment that facilitates a sense of freedom, innovation, and acceptance for your uniqueness and process of healing. The method of transformation and growth is not one-size-fits-all, and so neither should be your therapy experience. Certainly, I want to learn about you, and get to truly know you. But most of all, I wish to help you connect with yourself on a deeper level than you have ever known.
I have provided therapy, advocacy, and supportive services for children ages 3 and older, adults, and couples for over a decade and have worked with clients from many backgrounds, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual beliefs. My approach to therapy is a holistic and solution-oriented one that incorporates all parts of the self – cognitive, behavioral, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual. However, before becoming a therapist, I developed a strong interest in using movement, the body, and many dance forms as tools to help others learn, grow and heal.
Incorporating body-based self-awareness as well as observational and creative techniques assist me in offering well-rounded support to others. I have a passion for performance-as-therapy, knowing the experience of being witnessed and/or witnessing others’ truths can be uniquely healing. I completed a dual Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and began my clinical professional career working at non-profit agencies with trauma survivors, foster care, and military veterans before transitioning into private practice in 2014.
I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors. I have completed the 40-hour sexual assault training through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, among other training on trauma-informed care. I have also completed the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program training in order to better serve families. I am a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and have presented my work to local and national audiences. I received the 2012 Alumni of The Year Award from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies, for my work and contributions to the DMT field.
Find out more about me, DMT, and my approach to therapy here. (Article by Amanda Mitchell
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