Amanda J. Beck, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-R, NCC
Finding a counselor you love is like finding a great pair of jeans. Fit matters. Or if you’re a high achiever, maybe it’s like finding business clothes that feel like your own skin or like your favorite pair of jeans instead of a costume. It matters to me that we are a good fit for working together in therapy, because I know that personal exploration, growth and healing can only happen in safe spaces with safe people.
I take special pride in supporting clients who are overfunctioners or perfectionists in the face of stress, haven’t been given permission to have needs or set boundaries in their current or past relationships, those who demonstrate compassion towards others but have difficulty extending the same compassion to themselves, helping professionals (educators, counselors, nurses, first responders etc.), highly sensitive people (HSPs), those who wish to explore their relationship with drugs and/or alcohol, and survivors of sexual assault or trauma.
I am primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist, which means that we will explore together things like: 1) the meaning you assigned to your experiences, 2) your emotional and physiological reactions to experiences, and 3) the things you do (behaviors) to either cope with or in reaction to those experiences. I also incorporate complementary techniques such as motivational enhancement, mindfulness, and interpersonal approaches. I honor the diversity of human experience, respecting the full spectrum of gender expression, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, spirituality, and disability status.
I believe the counseling experience needs to be tailored to the individual needs of each client. You might benefit from a very structured, action-oriented approach to therapy. Or you might want a more flexible, organic approach. Both are valid, and I adjust accordingly to your needs and preferences. I will encourage you to work both in and out of the counseling sessions. So you get the most out of time together, I will invite you to spend some time between sessions working on things we’ve discussed. I believe in the importance of take-home assignments, exercises, writing/journaling, or other assignments between sessions. Sometimes change will be swift, but often it will be slow and deliberate; effort may need to be repeated. I will enter our relationship with optimism and an eagerness to work with you, and I strive for my clients to experience me as welcoming, thoughtful, straightforward, and caring.
Personally, I’m a proud North Carolina native who completed my undergraduate studies at NC State University and my master’s degree at Wake Forest. In addition to my time at Full Life, I also work in the University Counseling Center for Wake Forest University on the Reynolda Campus.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my partner, gardening, and creative pursuits like photography and painting. I have two rescue pups that fill my heart and leave fur all over my home. I love cheesy rom-coms, coffee, snow days, the Enneagram, and dream of someday owning a pet pig.