Amanda serves as the Clinical Director at The Sibley Group. Amanda has been helping children, teens, and families for over ten years and joined the practice in 2009. She is our cognitive behavioral (CBT) specialist and helps children and teens deal with their anxiety. She uses a practical and client-centered approach, drawing on techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy, sand tray, art therapy, and mindfulness. Her work is thoughtful and goal-oriented, as it helps her clients learn how to manage their emotions, build their self-esteem, and improve their relationships.
Amanda works with adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. She specializes in treating anxiety disorders, including separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias. Amanda also offers EMDR to teen and adult clients overcoming trauma-related issues, or in treating certain anxiety symptoms.
She writes and presents about her professional work, and has published articles and presented on subjects including teen-friendly mindfulness-based techniques, tools for recognizing and treating adolescent depression and anxiety, and positive friendship skills for middle-school students.
Amanda graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Psychology from the University of Richmond, and received her MSW degree from the Catholic University of America. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.