Amanda Taylor (they/their), LMFT, an LGBTQ Therapist, is an out and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is master’s educated in Marriage and Family Therapy. Amanda’s experience in the field of mental health include but are not limited to trans persons seeking hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery, couples of all configurations (kink, non-monogamous, etc.), children as young as 5, autism, trauma, and substance abuse. Their treatment approach incorporates a person-centered and narrative approach, assisting patients in re-authoring their personal narratives from a strength-based perspective to build greater understanding and lessen symptoms and distress. In addition, Amanda utilizes psychoeducation to inform patients of the scientific theories that can help them make sense of what they are experiencing and then impart skill-building to directly address these symptoms and build resilience throughout the process.
With Amanda you will find a compassionate style mixed with a gentle challenging approach to both meet you where you are and get you to where you want to go. Amanda believes that patients are the experts on themselves and Amanda merely provides deeper understanding of the more academic side to what is going on with them. Therefore, you may always feel empowered to direct your therapeutic experience where you want to go and away from where you don’t want it to go. If you’re unsure and need more guidance to decide, Amanda can help with that as well! Amanda can always provide recommendations for you and it is always within your power to choose to follow through with those recommendations or go in a different direction.
Amanda graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. From there they had a wealth of experiences starting with Multisystemic Therapy for youth released from juvenile facilities and their families, servicing them directly in the community. Next they spent three and a half years in outpatient substance abuse counseling facilitating both individual and group therapies during the height of the opioid crisis. What followed was a brief experience in a comprehensive health clinic working with a multidisciplinary team to achieve whole-patient health. The transition to private group practices was a smooth one that opened up many opportunities including couples work, family work, and specializing in Autism Spectrum and LGBTQIA+ populations. Amanda is excited to add CWCP to their experiences, serving the Pittsburgh area through online therapy. Virtual counseling opens up more opportunities and access to therapy than ever before. Amanda is currently licensed in both New York State and Pennsylvania as a Marriage and Family Therapist.