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 process of transformation and growth is not one- size-fits-all, and so neither should be your therapy experience. I want to learn about you, 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. I have a holistic and solution-oriented approach to therapy 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.
I incorporate body-based self-awareness as well as observational and creative techniques that 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 and 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.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and in my experience supporting persons impacted by sexual trauma, I have witnessed the pervasive impact it can have
May is Mental Health Awareness month. There is much stigma around Mental Illness and seeking support for mental health. It is relatively common for me to hear clients say things such as “I should be able to do this” or “I just need to get over it.”
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